2019 Seattle TV Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: University of Washington, Department of Communication

IRE will offer several sessions to improve your ability to produce watchdog and enterprise stories for broadcast. Learn how to find and get key public records and data for stories that make a difference in your market. Master the art of the investigative interview. Get tips on quick-turn stories with an investigative edge. Learn to dig deeper online and via social media.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran journalists for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, April 13.

Expected speakers include Linda Byron, KING5 Seattle; Patti DiVincenzo, IRE/NICAR; Susannah Frame, KING5 Seattle; Katherine George, Johnston and George LLP; Tony Kovaleski, KMGH-Denver; and Denise Malan, IRE/NICAR.

This program is made possible thanks to support from the Knight Foundation.

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


Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" which can be found below. 

Cancellations must be sent via email to [email protected]  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 location

Saturday's workshop will take place at the University of Washington, Communication Building (CMU), Room 120. A campus map can be found here


Parking is available in the Padelford Parking Garage. Attendees should stop by the gatehouse on the way onto campus and pay for a permit for half a day (parking is paid until noon). A map to locate the parking garage can be found here.

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, Apr. 13, 2019

University of Washington - Dept of Communication
2023 King Lane Northeast
Seattle, Washington 98105

Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Apr. 13 at 5:30pm.

Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and success stories

    Speaker: Denise Malan of IRE and NICAR

    Intro to the IRE Knight TV workshop and brief overview of resources available to support our new TV watchdog network. Get inspired with this short video montage of winning watchdog stories produced by local TV stations. See what’s possible when you sharpen your watchdog teeth.

    Communication Building (CMU) Room 120

    9:30 am - 10:00 am

  • Panel

    Prying loose public records

    Speakers: Katherine George of Johnston George LLP; Susannah Frame of KING5 Seattle

    One major key to digging deeper than your competition? Know your open records laws cold -- and use them. We'll discuss how to find what your state and local governments keep, writing detailed requests to get the data and documents you want, and following up to pry them loose.

    Communication Building (CMU) Room 120

    10:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Panel

    Art of the investigative interview

    Speakers: Tony Kovaleski of KMGH-Denver; Linda Byron of KING5 Seattle

    Learn proven strategies for managing the investigative interview, with tips on preparation, approaching difficult subjects and keeping the conversation on track.

    Communication Building (CMU) Room 120

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Panel

    Turning data into TV and online gold

    Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

    Discover ways to use data effectively in storytelling -- on the air and online. Digital tools such as data visualizations can boost viewership and audience engagement online. Plus, as people explore your data and key findings, they may find new leads for you to explore. Multimedia storytelling tips will cover text, visuals and interactives. Learn how best to tell your story online, on the air and on mobile, with examples of storytelling techniques that work well on particular platforms.

    Communication Building (CMU) Room 120

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  • Panel

    30 stories in 60 minutes

    Speakers: Tony Kovaleski of KMGH-Denver; Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

    Looking for story ideas? We’ve got (at least) 30 stories from broadcast investigative reporters that can be done in any market. You’ll walk away with a tipsheet full of ideas that can keep you busy for months.

    Communication Building (CMU) Room 120

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

  • Panel

    Social media search and verification

    Speaker: Denise Malan of IRE and NICAR

    The internet is awash with misinformation, fake photos and videos, trolls, bots and other bad actors. As a journalist, you should be skeptical of everything. We'll show you some tools and techniques to help you separate fact from fiction and track down the best information.

    Communication Building (CMU) Room 120

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    How IRE can help

    Speaker: Denise Malan of IRE and NICAR

    Now that you’re an IRE member, learn how best to tap into tip sheets, data services, fellowships and other resources to ramp up your daily coverage.

    Communication Building (CMU) Room 120

    5:00 pm - 5:15 pm