2016 Anchorage Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: Alaska Public Media

IRE will offer several of its core sessions, designed to improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, point you to critical documents and data for more depth in your daily work and help you produce quick-hit enterprise stories. Workshop sessions will also give you tips on how to negotiate for records, get sources to open up and much more.

These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, October 1st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting hands-on training

Sunday, October 2nd from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

*You will need to bring your own laptop with Excel already downloaded to participate in this hands-on training. If you have questions you can contact training@ire.org

Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also, learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking

Parking will be available onsite 

Workshop Fees (Includes a one-year IRE membership. If you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

$55 Professional

$25 Student

$30 Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training (hands-on)

*If you live in Alaska but will have trouble getting to the training, please contact Tricia Morgan at Tricia@ire.org about streaming options.

Registration Information

If you are a current member, please complete your registration online by logging into your member profile. Once you have logged in, click on my profile, next to the welcome and your name, select conferences and events on the left-hand side of the screen and the 2016 Houston Watchdog Workshop.

If you are not a current IRE member, you can still register here for the workshop online.

Cancellations must be sent via email to Tricia Morgan, Tricia@ire.org. There is a $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 for students) for cancellations until the day before the event.

Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event.

Workshop evaluations

Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

Time and place

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 - Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Alaska Public Media
3877 University Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508


Registration information

Registration for this event is open! Click here to begin.

Hurry! Registration closes on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12:30pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and workshop overview

    Speaker: Denise Malan of IRE and NICAR

    See printed schedule for room information

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    FOI and open records

    Speakers: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; John McKay of attorney

    Learn how to use federal and state open records laws to draft records requests the right way. Covers ways to challenge denials and keep a steady flow of information coming into the newsroom with FOI.

    See printed schedule for room information

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Web, search and social media for investigators

    Speaker: Denise Malan of IRE and NICAR

    Find documents and databases on deadline with better search techniques and the invisible Web. Learn how to locate reliable websites for enterprise stories and receive guidance on the best social media tools for your next investigation.

    See printed schedule for room information

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    Investigating Alaska Native Corps & other businesses

    Speaker: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop

    Alaska Native Corporations are unique entities that represent physical regions, but also operate as companies and are afforded special federal contracting status. This session will explore how to dig into ANCs as well as how to background other types of businesses.

    See printed schedule for room information

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and docs

    Speaker: Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver

    Advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records, understanding records retention schedules, exploring key records on a variety of beats, and becoming familiar with key national data sets to produce high-impact local stories.

    See printed schedule for room information

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Following the Money: Sources for reporting on Alaska government and elections

    Speaker: Nat Herz of Alaska Dispatch News

    Alaska Dispatch News reporter Nathaniel Herz will provide a walk-through of the tools he uses to track spending by state agencies, political candidates, and campaigns. We'll cover territory that will help you find and write stories about individuals and institutions across the state, whether you live in Juneau, Anchorage, or Dillingham, and regardless of whether you cover local, municipal, or state government. We'll also help you track members of the Congressional delegation -- how they're voting on issues that affect your area, and how they're raising and spending money for their campaigns.

    See printed schedule for room information

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    Quick hit investigations

    Speaker: Nicole Vap of KUSA/9News Denver

    Strategies, story ideas, resources and tips for watchdog stories on a variety of beats. How to produce meaty enterprise stories that may take a few days or a few weeks rather than months.

    See printed schedule for room information

    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap-up

    Speaker: Denise Malan of IRE and NICAR

    See printed schedule for room information

    5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Special Event

    Optional Live Stream

    $35 Optional Live Stream (Must live and work outside of Anchorage and the Mat Su Valley)

    *Must e-mail Tricia at Tricia@ire.org to register 

    See printed schedule for room information

    5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional computer-assisted reporting training

    Speaker: Denise Malan of IRE and NICAR

    *You will need to bring your own laptop with excel already downloaded to participate in this hands on training.

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    See printed schedule for room information

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm