2013 Hawaii Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: The University of Hawaii School of Communications and the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Honolulu.

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, November 2.

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, November 3, 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 on campus at a cost of $6 and must be paid in cash.  Additional parking is available in the neighborhood surrounding the campus.

Workshop Fees

$55 Professional

$25 Student

$30 Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Registration

*If early registration has passed, you can still register on-site for this event.*

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, Nov. 2, 2013 - Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

University of Hawaii at Manoa
2550 Campus Rd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Crawford Hall - Room 115

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    The Web for investigations

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    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.

    Crawford Hall - Room 115

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    How to find the story

    Speaker: Michael Berens of Thomson Reuters

    Helpful tips on what to look for to make a great investigative story. From finding the right idea to researching and digging to successfully seeing the story through.

    Crawford Hall - Room 115

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    FOI/Open records

    Speakers: Kendall Taggart of BuzzFeed News; Gerald Kato of University of Hawaii; Mark Horvit of University of Missouri; R. Brian Black of Civil Beat Law Center for Public Interest

    **Moderated by Mark Horvit

    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.

    Crawford Hall - Room 115

    11:40 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Investigating nonprofit organizations

    Speaker: Kendall Taggart of BuzzFeed News

    From police groups to breast cancer charities, billions of dollars a year are donated by the public to non-profit groups. We'll talk about tools for tracking the money, untapped documents beyond the basic 990 form and data to identify red flags for fraud. You'll leave with at least 10 solid tips and resources for taking on an investigation of your own.

    Crawford Hall - Room 115

    1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Michael Berens of Thomson Reuters

    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 handing tough situations, ethical trouble spots, etc.

    Crawford Hall - Room 115

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    Key documents

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    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 data sets to produce high-impact local stories.

    Crawford Hall - Room 115

    4:10 pm - 5:10 pm

  • Panel

    Wrapup/What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Crawford Hall - Room 115

    5:10 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    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.

    Crawford Hall - Room 212

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm