2019 Hampton, VA Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication at Hampton University

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 Rachel DePompa, WWBT-Richmond; Tim Eberly, The Virginian-Pilot; Sarah Hutchins, IRE/NICAR; Kimbriell Kelly, Los Angeles Times; Ana Ley, The Virginian-Pilot; Craig Merritt, Christian & Barton, LLP and Megan Rhyne, Virginia Coalition for Open Government.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, September 14, 2019.

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, September 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.

Workshop Location

Saturday’s workshop will take place in the Robert P. Scripps Auditorium, Room 100, at Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication at Hampton University. Sunday’s optional session will take place on the second floor in Room 220 at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication. A campus map can be found here.

Parking

Parking information was sent to registered attendees. If you have not received an email with parking information, please email logistics@ire.org. 

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 hands-on spreadsheet training

Registration

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 Susie Likovic, susie@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, Sep. 14, 2019 - Sunday, Sep. 15, 2019

Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication
546 E. Queen Street
Hampton University
Hampton, Virginia 23668


Registration information

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

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


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome & overview

    Speaker: Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR

    Robert P. Scripps Auditorium, Room 100

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    Developing an investigative mindset

    Speakers: Rachel DePompa of WWBT-Richmond; Ana Ley of The Virginian-Pilot

    Solid watchdog journalism isn't just for the I-team. Learn how investigative methods and tools can transform your reporting, whether they're quick turns or long-term enterprise pieces.

    Robert P. Scripps Auditorium, Room 100

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Digging into documents and data

    Speaker: Kimbriell Kelly of Los Angeles Times

    Advice on developing a watchdog state of mind by following paper and data trails -- learn how these investigative methods and tools can transform your journalism right now.

    Robert P. Scripps Auditorium, Room 100

    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Panel

    The art of the investigative interview

    Speaker: Tim Eberly of The Virginian-Pilot

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

    Robert P. Scripps Auditorium, Room 100

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Panel

    Digital sleuthing on deadline

    Speaker: Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR

    Learn how to find reliable information on deadline and for enterprise stories using more effective search techniques, the latest search engines, data sites and other practical tools you can use immediately. We’ll also share a checklist your newsroom can customize to background all your sources, verifying their information and uncovering their online presence.

    Robert P. Scripps Auditorium, Room 100

    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Prying loose public records

    Speakers: Megan Rhyne of Virginia Coalition for Open Government; Kimbriell Kelly of Los Angeles Times; Craig Merritt of Christian & Barton, LLP

    What can you get (and not get) in the way of public records in Virginia and the region? Learn key strategies for crafting effective public records requests and tracking them to keep the heat on government officials.

    Robert P. Scripps Auditorium, Room 100

    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap up: What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR

    Learn about the many benefits of IRE membership.

    Robert P. Scripps Auditorium, Room 100

    5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional hands-on spreadsheet training (Hampton, VA)

    Speaker: Sarah Hutchins 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.

    Room 220

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm