2013 Johnson City Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: East Tennessee State University in conjunction with WJHL-Johnson City

IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Johnson City.

This training will offer several of our core sessions that will 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.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, October 19.

Expected speakers include: Ziva Branstetter, Tulsa World; Doug Haddix, Ohio State University; Jeff Lester, The Coalfield Progress; Mark Stevens, Elizabethton Star and Phil Williams, WTVF-Nashville. 

Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Sunday, October 20, 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.

Campus Map

Warf-Pickel Hall is building #8.

Parking

Parking is available in lot #21 behind Warf-Pickel Hall.

Recommended Hotels

Carnegie Hotel, 1216 W State of Franklin Rd. (423) 979-6400  

Hampton Inn, 508 N State of Franklin Rd. (423) 929-8000

Workshop Fees

$55 Professional

$25 Student

$30 Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Registration

Current IRE members should log-in through their member profile here. Once logged in, select conferences and events on the left-hand side of the screen under my profile, then select the event you would like to register for. Your IRE membership will be extended one year from your current expiration date.

If you are not a current IRE member or your membership has expired, please register here.

For any workshop questions, please contact training@ire.org or 573-882-2042.

Time and place

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

East Tennessee State University
128 Dossett Drive
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    Warf-Pickel Hall - Room 315

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    Speakers: Phil Williams of WTVF-Nashville; Ziva Branstetter of The Washington Post

    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, exploring key records on a variety of beats, and becoming familiar with key national data sets to produce high-impact local stories. 

    Warf-Pickel Hall - Room 315

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    The Web for investigations

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    What reporters and editors need to know.  From better search techniques to the invisible Web, how to find documents and databases on deadline and where to find reliable websites for enterprise stories.  The craft of better searching and not wasting time.  Handling issues of credibility and ethics online.

    Warf-Pickel Hall - Room 315

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    FOI/Open Records

    Speakers: Mark Stevens of Elizabethton Star; Jeff Lester of The Coalfield Progress

    How to use federal and state laws.  How to write an open records request the right way.  How to appeal and challenge denials.  How to keep a steady flow of information and ideas coming into the newsroom by using FOI.

    Warf-Pickel Hall - Room 315

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Social media for investigations

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    You know the basics of Tweeting and posting Facebook status updates.  Now it's time to take it to the next level as a social media sleuth - harnesing the power of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, plus geolocation and analytic tools.  Learn new ways to find sources, background people and companies, and break stories before the competition.

    Warf-Pickel Hall - Room 315

    1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Phil Williams of WTVF-Nashville

    Learn the best ways to approach sources, prepare and handle the interview process.  Advice for conducting video interviews for your website.  Plenty of tips and strategies for handling tough situations, ethical trouble-spots, etc.

    Warf-Pickel Hall - Room 315

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    Bulletproofing your work

    Speaker: Ziva Branstetter of The Washington Post

    Make sure your investigations can withstand intense scrutiny and unexpected blowback.  How to plan reporting and editing to build an airtight methodology that even people being written about will agree is solid.  How to use documents, sources and data to do authoritative investigations.  Hear tips on how to stay organized while fact checking and editing throughout the process so there are no last-minute surprises.

    Warf-Pickel Hall - Room 315

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrapup/What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    Warf-Pickel Hall - Room 315

    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speaker: Doug Haddix of IRE and NICAR

    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.

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

    Warf-Pickel Hall - Room 207

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm