2018 Portland Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in conjunction with The Oregonian/OregonLive

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.

Expected speakers include: Duane Bosworth, Davis Wright Tremaine; Ziva Branstetter, Reveal/CIR; Jason Leopold, Buzzfeed News; Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting; Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times; Rob Davis & Steve Suo, The Oregonian/OregonLive; and Cody Winchester of IRE/NICAR.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, April 14.

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

Sunday, April 15, 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

Smart Park parking is $5 per day. 

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 2018 Portland 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.

Time and place

Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 - Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018

University of Oregon Portland
70 NW Couch Street, Suite 343
Portland, Oregon 97209


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Apr. 14 at 12:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome/overview

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    White Stag Building - Floor 3R, Room 350

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    Reporting on environmental topics

    Speakers: Rob Davis of The Oregonian/OregonLive; Tony Schick of Oregon Public Broadcasting

    A field guide to covering the environment in 2018, with a discussion of key sources, tools and story ideas relevant to your audience.

    White Stag Building - Floor 3R, Room 350

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Battling for public records

    Speakers: Jason Leopold of BuzzFeed News; Duane Bosworth of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    Advice on crafting rock-solid records requests and proven strategies for following up and handling common roadblocks to getting the documents and data you need.

    White Stag Building - Floor 3R, Room 350

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Digging into documents and data

    Speakers: Jason Leopold of BuzzFeed News; Ziva Branstetter of The Washington Post

    The right attitude can go a long way. In this session, you will get advice on developing a "documents and data" state of mind, understanding information flow through organizations you cover and becoming familiar with key national data sets to produce high-impact local stories.

    White Stag Building - Floor 3R, Room 350

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Outside Event

    White Stag Building - Floor 3R, Room 350

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Panel

    Organizing the investigation

    Speakers: Ziva Branstetter of The Washington Post; Steve Suo of The Oregonian/OregonLive

    Seasoned journalists will offer practical advice on how to start a project and keep it on track, including organizational tips, questions to keep in mind and obstacles to avoid.

    White Stag Building - Floor 3R, Room 350

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Sourcing: Build your beat

    Speaker: Paige St. John of Los Angeles Times

    Learn tips on mastering your beat by improving how you develop sources, conduct interviews and handle tough situations.

    White Stag Building - Floor 3R, Room 350

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    Web for watchdogs

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    An overview of free, easy-to-use online resources for backgrounding, gathering information and making basic data visualizations (no coding required).

    White Stag Building - Floor 3R, Room 350

    4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap-up, what IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    White Stag Building - Floor 3R, Room 350

    5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speaker: Cody Winchester 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.

    White Stag Building - Floor 3R, Room 374

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm