2017 IRE/EIJ Anaheim Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: IRE in conjunction with the Excellence in Journalism Conference

IRE will offer several of its core sessions, designed to improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines 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 Wednesday, September 6.

Expected speakers include Annie Gilbertson of KPCC - 89.3; Matthew Glasser of NBC4 Los Angeles; Rong-Gong Lin of Los Angeles Times and Cody Winchester of IRE/NICAR.

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.


Valet parking is available for $30 per car per day. Discounted self-parking is available for $15 per car per day.

Workshop Fees (includes a one-year IRE membership for attendees that meet the IRE membership terms and a one-year membership renewal for current IRE members).

$50 Professional/student


You can register for this event here, select Watchdog Workshop under the Deep-Dive workshops. 

Cancellations must be sent via email to Dylan Sinn, dylan@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

Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2017

Anaheim Marriot
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, California 92802

Schedule details

  • Panel


    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    Grand B

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    Documents and data

    Speaker: Annie Gilbertson of KPCC - 89.3

    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.

    Grand B

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Bulletproofing the story

    Speaker: MATTHEW GLASSER of NBC Owned Television Stations

    Strategies, tips and techniques for reporters, editors, producers and online staff to ensure accuracy.

    Grand B

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Breaking news watchdog

    Speaker: Rong-Gong Lin of Los Angeles Times

    When breaking news hits, you need to put a plan together quickly. Some tips on data, documents and sources you can use on deadline to beef up your breaking news coverage.

    Grand B

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Panel

    Web for watchdogs

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    Tips on more effective web searches, how to find reliable information on deadline and for enterprise stories. The latest search engines, data sites and other practical information you can use immediately. Using free applications for mapping, timelines, and other reporting tools and visuals.

    Grand B

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap up / What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    Grand B

    3:00 pm - 3:15 pm