2017 Louisville Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

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 Sunday, October 22. Sunday's training will take place at the Brown Hotel, 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Expected speakers include Kate Howard of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; Alexandra Kanik of Louisville Public Media; Michael Kelly, independent journalist; Brendan McCarthy of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; James Pilcher of The Cincinnati Enquirer; Jeremy Rogers, Dinsmore & Shohl; Topher Sanders of ProPublica; Angilee Shah of Public Radio International; 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.

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Saturday, October 21, 1:30 - 5 p.m. 

Saturday's hands-on training will take place at Louisville Public Media, 619 S Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202.

*You will need to bring your own laptop to participate in this hands on training. Please have an active Google account as the training will be done in Google Sheets. If you have questions you can contact training@ire.org.

Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Google Sheets, 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.

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

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. Once you are in the members-only side of the database, select conferences and events on the left-hand side of the screen under my profile, then select the 2017 Louisville Watchdog Workshop.

If your membership has expired or you are not currently an IRE member, you can still register for the workshop here

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

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 - Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

The Brown Hotel
335 West Broadway
Louisville, Kentucky 40202


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 12:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Hands-on

    Optional computer-assisted reporting training

    Speakers: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR; Alexandra Kanik of Louisville Public Media

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Google Sheets, 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.

    *You will need to bring your own laptop to participate in this hands on training. Please have an active Google account as the training will be done in Google Sheets. If you have questions you can contact training@ire.org.

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

    Louisville Public Media Offices

    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Welcome and workshop overview

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    16th Floor Gallery Ballroom

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    Request for success: FOIA and open records laws

    Speakers: James Pilcher of The Cincinnati Enquirer; Jeremy Rogers of Dinsmore & Shohl

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

    16th Floor Gallery Ballroom

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    Speakers: Angilee Shah of Public Radio International; Topher Sanders of ProPublica

    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.

    16th Floor Gallery Ballroom

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Backgrounding like a boss

    Speaker: Kate Howard of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

    How are you sure that great source with the perfect quote isn't too good to be true? Even great reporters can get tricked by fake names or sketchy backgrounds. We'll walk through some websites and strategies you can use to create a routine and spot potential red flags before you get burned.

    16th Floor Gallery Ballroom

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Outside Event

    16th Floor Gallery Ballroom

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Panel

    Finding the story: Immigration

    Speaker: Angilee Shah of Public Radio International

    The numbers surrounding immigration can often be daunting and, sometimes, hard to track down. In this session, we’ll go through some of the most useful data sets available — and talk about some of the data that’s a bit tougher to find.

    16th Floor Gallery Ballroom

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Source development

    Speaker: Topher Sanders of ProPublica

    Learn techniques to find, groom, and keep the kinds of sources that help you find amazing stories

    16th Floor Gallery Ballroom

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    Building a watchdog culture in your newsroom

    Speakers: Michael Kelly of independent journalist; Brendan McCarthy of The Boston Globe

    Proven strategies for developing and maintaining a watchdog mentality in your newsroom.

    16th Floor Gallery Ballroom

    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap up / What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    16th Floor Gallery Ballroom

    4:45 pm - 5:00 pm