2017 Jackson Watchdog Workshop

 
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, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 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, February 12, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
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 in the C.F Moore/Johnson Hall parking lot and the B.F. Roberts lot adjacent to the library.   On Saturday, you may enter from the Dalton Street entrance to campus; gates will be open and the parking lots will be to your right. On Sunday, everyone must enter from the Prentiss Street side of campus (the Dalton Street gate will NOT be opened). Follow the street which circles the back of campus to open parking in the B.F. Roberts lot or the C.F. Moore/Johnson Hall lots, adjacent to the library.
 
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)
 
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 2017 Jackson Watchdog Workshop.
 
If you are not a current IRE member, you can register here for the workshop online.
 
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

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 - Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

JSU Main Campus H.T. Sampson Library
1325 John R. Lynch St
Jackson, Mississippi 39203


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and workshop overview

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    California Room

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    FOI and open records

    Speaker: Gregg Mayer of Phelps Dunbar LLP

    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.

    ADVANCE Classroom

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Web, search and social media for investigators

    Speaker: Doug Haddix 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.

    California Room

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    Quick-hit investigations

    Speaker: Shawn McIntosh of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    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.

    California Room

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating for radio + podcasting

    Speaker: Neena Satija of The Texas Tribune

    In this session, you will learn how to use audio and audio storytelling techniques to help report investigative stories, as well as how to report and approach these stories so they can be told on the radio. You will hear a number of examples from various podcasts and radio shows to make this point, and if time allows, brainstorming session with the group about current projects.

    California Room

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Reporting on injustice

    Speaker: Jerry Mitchell of Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting

    A veteran investigative reporter discusses where to find injustices, how to expose them and how reporting can help bring changes.

    California Room

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and docs

    Speaker: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop

    Move beyond anecdotes and he-said, she-said journalism with data and documents. 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.

    ADVANCE Classroom

    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Panel

    Wrapup/What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    California Room

    5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional computer-assisted reporting training

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    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?

    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

  • Hands-on

    Optional computer-assisted reporting training (custom)

    Speaker: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop

    SJMS - Journalism Lab (1st floor)

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm