2013 Oklahoma City Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: The Oklahoman in conjunction with the Oklahoma Press Association and the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation.

IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Oklahoma 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 26.

Expected speakers include: Ziva Branstetter, Tulsa World; Chris Davis, Tampa Bay Times; Bryan Dean, The Oklahoman; Jaimi Dowdell, IRE and Nanci Wilson, Independent journalist. 

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 27, 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.

Parking

Parking is available in the front of the building.  Use the main entrance to The Oklahoman off the Britton Rd. exit (runs parallel to the Broadway extension)

Recommended Hotels

Holiday Inn Express - OKC North, 12013 Holland Street, (405) 608-8008 *Near The Oklahoman

Holiday Inn Express - Oklahoma City Airport (Meridan Ave), 4400 Highline Blvd, (405) 948-3366

Hyatt Place - OKC Airport, 1818 S. Meridian Ave. (405) 682-3977

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. 26, 2013 - Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

The Oklahoman
9000 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73114


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    Ground Floor Training Room

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    Digging deeper with data and documents

    Speaker: Chris Davis of USA TODAY Network

    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. 

    Ground Floor Training Room

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    FOI/Open Records

    Speakers: Bryan Dean of The Oklahoman; Ziva Branstetter of The Washington Post

    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.

    Ground Floor Training Room

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    The Web for investigations

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    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.

    Ground Floor Training Room

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Nanci Wilson of independent journalist

    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.

    Ground Floor Training Room

    1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Panel

    Conceiving and organizing an investigation

    Speaker: Chris Davis of USA TODAY Network

    How to aim high and avoid the belly flop. Simple strategies for taking an idea and turning it into a project. What you should do every time you start an investigation. Plus practical advice on how to stay on track, what questions to ask and how to make sure your stories are interesting.

    Ground Floor Training Room

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    Quick-hit investigations

    Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters; Nanci Wilson of independent journalist

    Amaze your editors and wow your readers with these quick-hit data story ideas.  Learn techniques on how to look for the short-term watchdog and how to juggle it all. Afflict the comfortable by fact-checking their statements, find expert sources and use spreadsheets to inform your next project.

    Ground Floor Training Room

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    Wrapup/What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    Ground Floor Training Room

    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    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.

    Ground Floor Training Room

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm