The watchdog interview

  • Event: 2018 Palm Springs Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Joel Grover of NBC4 Los Angeles; Maya Lau of Los Angeles Times
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sep. 6 at 1:30pm
  • Location: Fillmore Room
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Watchdog stories pose special challenges, including how best to prep for interviews, approach sources, handle tough situations, navigate ethical trouble-spots and more. Learn how to master the interview to hold your sources accountable. Seasoned watchdog journalists also will provide tips on preventing your sources from hijacking and controlling the interview.

Speaker Bios

  • Joel Grover is the investigative reporter for NBC4 Los Angeles. He has won nearly every major award for investigative reporting, including the Peabody, the DuPont-Columbia, numerous Emmys, six National Edward R. Murrow Awards, and two IRE Medals. He is nationally known for his undercover investigations, which have resulted in millions of dollars in refunds to consumers, changed laws, and sent people to prison.

  • Maya Lau is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Her stories have revealed secret evidence of officer misconduct and spurred a D.A. to review past criminal convictions that relied on the testimony of those officers. In 2015, she was the lead writer on a series that won an IRE award for uncovering the business dealings of a powerful Louisiana prison warden.

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  • The watchdog interview
    Investigative reporters Joel Grover and Maya Lau gave tips for mastering the watchdog interview at the 2018 Palm Springs Watchdog Workshop. Watchdog stories pose special challenges, including how best to prep for interviews, approach sources, handle tough situations, navigate ethical trouble-spots and more. Learn how to master the interview to hold your sources accountable. Seasoned watchdog journalists also will provide tips on preventing your sources from hijacking and controlling the interview.