2017 New York Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

*NOTE: Friday's event is sold out.  You can add your name to the waiting list here.  

There is still space in the Spanish language track on Saturday morning.  Details on that workshop are below.  Register for Saturday's spanish language workshop here.

IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop series to New York City, Friday, January 27th, with an expanded program that will include two extra tracks focused on financial and data journalism. Additional optional hands-on classes and an optional Spanish-language workshop will be offered Saturday, January 28th.

Friday’s training will offer core sessions designed to improve your ability to mine the web and social media, navigate open records laws, adopt the investigative mindset, turn quick-hit watchdog stories, fund your work and more. 

Our financial track sessions will give you the tools to investigate stocks and commodities, hedge funds and more, with speakers from Bloomberg, Reuters, the Times and the Wall Street Journal. The data track will focus on data visualization, data verification, measuring inequality, and more.

For broadcasters, there will be veterans from CNN, NBC, 60 Minutes. A special panel will look at political investigations after the presidential election. Three-time Pulitzer winner David Barstow will do a deep dive on his reporting methods.

The training will also offering a special session on securing your laptop and there will be an opportunity to meet several authors including Diana Henriques and Mary Pilon.

This is one of IRE's largest events outside of our two annual conferences, and we're keeping the cost of registration low, at $55.

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

Optional Hands-on Training

Saturday, January 28, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

We’ll offer two hands-on tracks Saturday morning. Please note that registration is required and seating is limited.

Lab #1 - Intro to data analysis with spreadsheets. Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a fairly simple but powerful spreadsheet application, to begin analyzing data for stories. We'll start from the beginning with basic formulas and work our way up to summarizing information using pivot tables and more. How do you think about data analysis as a journalist? How do you find the story within the columns and rows? Computers will be provided. Seating is limited and registration is required. (THIS SESSION IS FULL)

Lab #2 - Data wrangling: Web scraping without coding, dealing with PDFs and more. In this hands-on workshop attendees will discover tools to scrape the web without coding, convert PDF files, clean data in Excel and troubleshoot common data issues. Basic experience with Excel is recommended to get the most out of this session. (THIS SESSION IS FULL)

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

$55 Professional

$25 Student

$30 Optional Hands-on Training (Saturday morning)

Optional Spanish language workshop (Note: Attendees are not required to register for the Friday workshop to attend this event) Register for this event.

Saturday, January 28, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cómo diseñar un proyecto de investigación periodística con datos.

En este taller los asistentes aprenderán cómo definir una hipótesis de investigación periodística y metodologías de planificación y organización de reportería  con datos. El taller es práctico y se espera que los asistentes presenten una propuesta de investigación que deseen llevar adelante. Los asistentes deben comprometerse a mantener en reserva las ideas que escuchen de sus colegas. El taller está enfocado a periodistas sin experiencia y con experiencia manejando datos y que deseen mejorar el flujo de trabajo en equipo y conocer nuevas metodologías provenientes del mundo del desarrollo de software y el "design thinking". 

Cómo investigar crimen organizado con datos abiertos.

Los corruptos y las redes de crimen organizado se globalizaron desde hace muchos años. Ni el caso más pequeño de corrupción ocurrido en una aldea remota se escapa de involucrar al menos a un tercer país en la cadena de operación, ocultación de capitales y anonimización de los crímenes. Los periodistas también tenemos redes y centros de investigación transnacionales que se dedican a perseguir esas historias, pero antes hay que saber cómo hacerlo. Esta sesión explicará cómo utilizar bases de datos internacionales y datos abiertos para investigar historias transnacionales de crimen organizado. El taller incluirá ejercicios con datos en tiempo real.

Workshop Fees

$35 Professional

$10 Student

Campus Map

Directions: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Map: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

For any workshop questions, please contact training@ire.org or 573-882-2042.

Cancellations must be sent via email to Lara Dieringer, lara@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

Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 - Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 West 40th Street
Fourth Floor
New York, New York 10018



Schedule details

  • Panel

    Newsroom

    8:30 am - 8:50 am

  • Panel

    Beyond bankruptcy filings: Researching with PACER and Bloomberg terminal

    Speakers: Katy Stech Ferek of The Wall Street Journal; Shin Pei of Bloomberg

    Room 308

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Intro to data journalism

    Speakers: Agustin Armendariz of The New York Times; Andrew Lehren of NBC News; Megan Luther of InvestigateTV; Sarah Ryley of The Trace

    **Moderated by Megan Luther, IRE/NICAR

    Room 442

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    The art of requesting and negotiating for information

    Speakers: Tom Robbins of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Matthew Schafer of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP

    Newsroom

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Conceiving and organizing an investigation

    Speakers: Janet Roberts of Reuters; Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times; Andy Court of 60 Minutes

    Newsroom

    10:10 am - 11:10 am

  • Panel

    Covering cyber security and hacking

    Speaker: Damon McCoy of New York University

    Room 308

    10:10 am - 11:10 am

  • Panel

    Measuring inequality

    Speakers: Topher Sanders of ProPublica; Robert Gebeloff of The New York Times; Erin Horan of 60 Minutes

    **Moderated by Erin Horan, 60 Minutes

    Room 442

    10:10 am - 11:10 am

  • Panel

    Interactive journeys

    Speakers: Scott Blumenthal of The New York Times; Sandeep Junnarkar of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    Room 442

    11:20 am - 12:20 pm

  • Panel

    Quick-hit and breaking news investigations

    Speakers: Richard Greenberg of NBC News; Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times; Kendall Taggart of BuzzFeed News

    Newsroom

    11:20 am - 12:20 pm

  • Panel

    Understanding financial documents

    Speakers: Diana Henriques of Author; Greg David of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    **Moderated by Greg David, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    Room 308

    11:20 am - 12:20 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    12:20 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Panel

    Brownbag: After the election

    Speakers: Steve Eder of The New York Times; Cristina Alesci of CNN

    Newsroom

    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

  • Panel

    Brownbag: Meet the authors

    Speakers: Thomas Maier of Newsday; Mary Pilon of The New Yorker; Andrew Lehren of NBC News; Dan Barry of The New York Times

    **Moderated by Andy Lehren, The New York Times

    Room 308

    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

  • Panel

    Brownbag: Secure your laptop

    Speakers: Mike Tigas of ProPublica; Runa Sandvik of The New York Times

    Room 442

    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

  • Panel

    Data deep dives

    Speakers: Robert Lewis of WNYC - New York Public Radio; Ryan McNeill of Reuters; Tom McGinty of The Wall Street Journal; Jo Craven McGinty of The Wall Street Journal

    **Moderated by Jo Craven McGinty, The Wall Street Journal

    Room 442

    1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating the supply chain

    Speakers: Domila McFarlane of Panjiva; Giannina Segnini Picado of Columbia Journalism School

    Room 308

    1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Panel

    Latest search and social tools and techniques for investigative reporting

    Speaker: Barbara Gray of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    Newsroom

    1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Panel

    A conversation with David Barstow

    Speakers: David Barstow of The New York Times; Reg Chua of Reuters

    **Moderated by Reg Chua, Reuters

    Newsroom

    2:55 pm - 3:55 pm

  • Panel

    Exposing tax havens

    Speakers: Michael Hudson of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Eryn Schornick of Global Witness; Mike Williams of Reuters

    **Moderated by Mike Williams, Reuters

    Room 308

    2:55 pm - 3:55 pm

  • Panel

    The latest in data viz

    Speakers: Malik Singleton of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Jeff Larson of The Markup; Ashley Wu of Apple

    Join us as we explore great examples of data visualization, both by independent journalists and by big newsroom teams. Bring a laptop because this session will be interactive. We want to hear from you about what you consider informative or intuitive and why.

    Room 442

    2:55 pm - 3:55 pm

  • Panel

    Data verification

    Speakers: Rob Barry of The Wall Street Journal; Benjamin Lesser of Reuters, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, TruePolitics

    Journalists have more access to information than ever before. The rise in the volume and speed of data production might be overwhelming for some journalists, many of whom are not used to using large amounts of data for research and storytelling. But the urgency and eagerness to make use of data, and the technology available to process it, should not distract us from our underlying quest for accuracy. This session will show you techniques to fully capture the value of data and to evaluate its quality.

    Room 442

    4:05 pm - 5:05 pm

  • Panel

    From hedge funds to private companies: Digging deep when public records are scarce

    Speakers: Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica; Azmat Khan of The New York Times; Matt Robinson of Bloomberg News

    **Moderated by Matt Robinson, Bloomberg News

    Reporters who've written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Frontline share best practices on how to scour hard-to-find documents to probe a wide variety of private institutions. 

    Room 308

    4:05 pm - 5:05 pm

  • Panel

    Funding your investigation

    Speakers: Jane Sasseen of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Hannah Rappleye of NBC News; Lisa Riordan Seville of independent journalist; Sarah Blustain of The Investigative Fund; Andrew Lehren of NBC News

    **Moderated by Andy Lehren, The New York Times

    Newsroom

    4:05 pm - 5:05 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap-up

    Speakers: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV; Andrew Lehren of NBC News; Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR

    Newsroom

    5:05 pm - 5:20 pm

  • Reception

    Reception (Hosted by CUNY Graduate School of Journalism)

    Join your colleagues after the workshop at a reception hosted by CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

    Cafe Lobby - 3rd Floor

    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Opcional: El poder de los datos y de la investigación periodística en un solo taller

    Speakers: Giannina Segnini Picado of Columbia Journalism School; Miguel Paz of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    Cómo diseñar un proyecto de investigación periodística con datos.

    En este taller los asistentes aprenderán cómo definir una hipótesis de investigación periodística y metodologías de planificación y organización de reportería  con datos. El taller es práctico y se espera que los asistentes presenten una propuesta de investigación que deseen llevar adelante. Los asistentes deben comprometerse a mantener en reserva las ideas que escuchen de sus colegas. El taller está enfocado a periodistas sin experiencia y con experiencia manejando datos y que deseen mejorar el flujo de trabajo en equipo y conocer nuevas metodologías provenientes del mundo del desarrollo de software y el "design thinking". 

    Cómo investigar crimen organizado con datos abiertos.

    Los corruptos y las redes de crimen organizado se globalizaron desde hace muchos años. Ni el caso más pequeño de corrupción ocurrido en una aldea remota se escapa de involucrar al menos a un tercer país en la cadena de operación, ocultación de capitales y anonimización de los crímenes. Los periodistas también tenemos redes y centros de investigación transnacionales que se dedican a perseguir esas historias, pero antes hay que saber cómo hacerlo. Esta sesión explicará cómo utilizar bases de datos internacionales y datos abiertos para investigar historias transnacionales de crimen organizado. El taller incluirá ejercicios con datos en tiempo real.

    9:30 - 11:05 a.m.      Cómo diseñar un proyecto de investigación periodística con datos 

    11:05 - 11:25 a.m.    Break

    11:25 - 1 p.m.          Cómo investigar crimen organizado con datos abiertos.

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

    Room 332

    9:30 am - 1:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional: Data wrangling: Web scraping without coding, dealing with PDFs and more

    Speakers: Megan Luther of InvestigateTV; Andrew Lehren of NBC News

    In this hands-on workshop attendees will discover tools to scrape the web without coding, convert PDF files, clean data in Excel and troubleshoot common data issues. Basic experience with Excel is recommended to get the most out of this session. (THIS SESSION IS FULL)

    9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Wrangling data 1: Web scraping without coding

    10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break

    10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Wrangling data 2: Data conversion and data cleaning in Excel

    11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Break

    12: p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Wrangling data 3: Problem solving and data cleaning in Excel

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

    Room 438

    9:30 am - 1:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional: Intro to data analysis with spreadsheets

    Speakers: Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR; Griff Palmer of independent journalist; Andrew Lehren of NBC News

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a fairly simple but powerful spreadsheet application, to begin analyzing data for stories. We'll start from the beginning with basic formulas and work our way up to summarizing information using pivot tables and more. How do you think about data analysis as a journalist? How do you find the story within the columns and rows? Computers will be provided. Seating is limited and registration is required. (THIS SESSION IS FULL)

    9:30 - 10:30 a.m.            Getting started with spreadsheets: A crash course 1

    10:30 - 10:45 a.m.          Break

    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.          Getting started with spreadsheets: A crash course 2                

    11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Break

    12: p.m. - 1:00 p.m.        Getting started with spreadsheets: A crash course 3                

                                        

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

    Room 436

    9:30 am - 1:00 pm