2019 Denver TV Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: KUSA 9News Denver

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, September 7.

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 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. 7, 2019

KUSA 9 News Denver
500 Speer Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80203

Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Sep. 7 at 12:00pm.

Schedule details

  • Panel

    See printed schedule for room information

    9:00 am - 9:30 am

  • Panel

    This just in: An interactive exercise in breaking news

    You can't know when breaking news will happen, but you can have a game plan to deal with it. We'll go over the basics, and then you’ll dive into the deep end as we cover a hypothetical breaking news event.

    See printed schedule for room information

    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • Panel

    How to be a digital detective

    From Facebook to Twitter and deep web searches, we'll go over the latest techniques to background people and institutions.

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    10:45 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    Digging into public records

    You want it. They have it. How do you get it? In this session, a public records expert and a journalist discuss the best ways to get to "yes." They'll help you tackle common roadblocks, including excessive fee estimates, broken deadlines and other shenanigans. They'll also share strategies on how to keep track of multiple requests at the same time.

    See printed schedule for room information

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Art of the interview

    Great interviews don't just happen -- they're planned out in great detail. We'll discuss the three steps you must take before an important interview to make the most of the time you get once your subject gets in front of the camera.

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    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Panel

    From roadmap to test-drive: putting our skills to the test

    We've spent the day on backgrounding techniques, public records requests and planning for on-camera interviews. Now, in an extended hands-on session, we'll break into teams and put everything we've talked about into action.

    See printed schedule for room information

    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm