2019 Boise Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: Boise State Public Radio and Boise State 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 Ken Armstrong, ProPublica; Melissa Davlin, Idaho Public Television; Nicole Foy, Idaho Statesman; Deb Grasham, Givens Pursley, LLP; Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press; Cynthia Sewell, Idaho Statesman; Francisco Vara-Orta, IRE and NICAR and Les Zaitz, Malheur Enterprise.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop on Saturday, September 28, 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 29, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Google Sheets, 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.

**Attendees will need to bring their own laptop and charger to this training.

Workshop Location

Saturday's workshop will take place in Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207 of the Ron & Linda Yanke Family Research Park at Boise State University. Sunday’s optional session will also take place in the Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207. A link to the campus map is here.

Parking

Parking information is coming soon.

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. 28, 2019 - Sunday, Sep. 29, 2019

Boise State University
Ron & Linda Yanke Family Research Park
220 Parkcenter Blvd
Boise, Idaho 83725


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Sep. 28 at 12:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome/overview

    Speaker: Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR

    Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207

    9:00 am - 9:15 pm

  • Panel

    Developing an investigative mindset

    Speakers: Mary Hudetz of The Associated Press; Les Zaitz of Malheur Enterprise; Cynthia Sewell of Idaho Statesman

    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.

    Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Digging into public records

    Speakers: Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public Television; Deb Grasham of Givens Pursley, LLP; Nicole Foy of Idaho Statesman

    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.

    Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207

    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Panel

    Tips on sourcing

    Speaker: Ken Armstrong of ProPublica

    Whether you're starting a new beat or digging deep into an investigation, working with sources is an essential part of the process. This session covers how to develop sources and handle tough situations.

    Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  • Panel

    Art of the investigative interview

    Speakers: Ken Armstrong of ProPublica; Mary Hudetz of The Associated Press

    Proven tactics for preparing for an important interview and getting the goods on camera and for print.

    Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Panel

    Social media sleuthing

    Speaker: Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR

    Learn advanced tricks and tips for mining Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other sites during breaking news and for enterprise stories. Learn how to do geographic searches to find sources, visuals and other material near a specific address or in a particular city. Discover ways to automate tasks to save time and run searches by location, hash tags and more.

    Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207

    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap up & what IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR

    Learn about the many benefits of IRE membership.

    Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207

    5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional hands-on spreadsheet training (Boise)

    Speaker: Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Google Sheets, 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.

    **Attendees will need to bring their own laptop and charger to this training.

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

    Osher Institute Lecture Room, Room 207

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm