2018 Columbus Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism

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: Corey Johnson, Tampa Bay Times; Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Indianapolis Star; Adam Marshall, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Charles Minshew & Doug Haddix, IRE/NICAR; Duane Pohlman, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Mike Rezendes, independent journalist (former Boston Globe Spotlight reporter) and Jill Riepenhoff, InvestigateTV.

Fellowships for this workshop are available for journalists of color working as freelance investigative reporters, or planning to do so in the near future. Check “FIRE Diversity Fellowships” at https://ire.org/events-and-training/fellowships-and-scholarships/.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, October 27.

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 hands-on spreadsheet training

Sunday, October 28, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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.

Optional hands-on training: Exploring data with SQL

Sunday, October 28, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to analyze and investigate your data with SQL. First we’ll show you how to slice and order your data to find a story. Then, you’ll learn how to count records in a database and sum totals across rows. Finally, we’ll teach you how to join tables together -- even if they weren’t meant to be put together -- for an ultimate tool in your new SQL toolbox. 

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. You will need to download DB Browser for SQLite (http://sqlitebrowser.org/) and install it on your computer. 

Workshop Location

Saturday’s workshop will take place at the Dublin Integrated Education Center, 6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH in room 132. Sunday’s optional hands-on sessions will also take place at the Dublin Integrated Education Center in room 243 and 249.

Parking

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. 6805 Bobcat faces Post Rd. and is directly in front of the parking lot.

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 Columbus 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, Oct. 27, 2018 - Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018

Ohio University - Dublin Integrated Education Center
6805 Bobcat Way
Dublin, Ohio 43016


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 12:30pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome & overview

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    Quick overview of the workshop, logistics and schedule.

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 132

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    Speaker: Corey Johnson of Tampa Bay Times

    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 and exploring key records on a variety of beats.

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 132

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Digital sleuthing

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    When news breaks, you need to be nimble and smart in finding sources, backgrounding people, verifying what’s real vs. fake, and staying ahead of the competition. Learn key sites, apps and social media strategies to quickly build a digital dossier on someone.

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 132

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    Tackling sexual harassment and misconduct

    Speakers: Marisa Kwiatkowski of USA TODAY Network; Mike Rezendes of independent journalist

    The #MeToo movement has opened the floodgates for coverage of sexual harassment, misconduct and crimes. Get tips and advice on navigating the tricky topic, including ethical considerations, reporting strategies and follow-ups. Learn from Marisa Kwiatkowski, whose coverage of USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar received national acclaim, and from Mike Rezendes, whose work uncovering abuses by Catholic priests was featured in the Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight."

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 132

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Outside Event

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 132

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speakers: Marisa Kwiatkowski of USA TODAY Network; Duane Pohlman of Sinclair Broadcast Group; Mike Rezendes of independent journalist

    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.

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 132

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Prying loose public records

    Speaker: Adam Marshall of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

    Hear practical advice and strategies for crafting public records requests, tracking them and holding officials’ feet to the fire. Includes strategies for dealing with excuses and obstacles from public officials who stand in your way of getting key documents and data.

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 132

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    30 stories in 60 minutes

    Speaker: Jill Riepenhoff of InvestigateTV

    Watchdog reporting doesn’t need to take months to be effective. This batch of ideas will get you started right away, with ways to customize them for your own community and audience.

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 132

    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Panel

    What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    Learn about key resources and benefits of your IRE membership.

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 132

    5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional hands-on spreadsheet training

    Speakers: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR; Charles Minshew of IRE and NICAR

    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 logistics@ire.org.

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

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 243

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional hands-on training: Exploring data with SQL

    Speaker: Charles Minshew of IRE and NICAR

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to analyze and investigate your data with SQL. First we’ll show you how to slice and order your data to find a story. Then, you’ll learn how to count records in a database and sum totals across rows. Finally, we’ll teach you how to join tables together -- even if they weren’t meant to be put together -- for an ultimate tool in your new SQL toolbox. 

    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. You will need to download DB Browser for SQLite (http://sqlitebrowser.org/) and install it on your computer. 

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

    Dublin Integrated Education Ctr, Rm 249

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm