2013 Toronto Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: The Canadian Association of Journalists Educational Foundation and Ryerson University School of Journalism.  

IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Toronto.

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. This workshop will focus on issues on shared interest between the U.S. and Canada.

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 and Sunday, November 9-10.

Expected speakers include: Kevin Bousquet, Corpa Investigations; Harvey Cashore, CBC Investigative Unit; Sarah Cohen, The New York Times; Robert Cribb, Toronto Star; Steve Doig, Arizona State University; Robyn Doolittle, Toronto Star; Doug Haddix, Ohio State University; Mark Horvit, IRE; David Cay Johnston; Tax Analysts; Anton Koschany, CTV W5; David McKie, CBC TV; Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News; Julian Sher, CBC's fifth estate and Jennifer Wells, Toronto Star. 

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

Parking

Parking is available across the street under the Metro. The entrance is on a one-way street running North.  Parking fees can be paid by cash or credit card.  

Workshop Fees

$55 (U.S.) Professional

$25 (U.S.) Student

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 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. 9, 2013 - Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

Ryerson University
80 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario B5B 2K3


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    9:15 am - 9:30 am

  • Panel

    Investigative interviewing

    Speaker: Julian Sher of Investigative Journalist

    The art of loosening tight lips.

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    9:30 am - 10:20 am

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Excel I

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Hunting for tips, trends and outliers.

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 219

    9:45 am - 12:30 pm

  • Panel

    Foreign investigations

    Speaker: Harvey Cashore of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

    Applying the investigative mindset to stories that cross borders.

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    10:30 am - 11:20 am

  • Panel

    Backgrounding companies

    Speaker: Kevin Bousquet of Corpa Investigations

    The tips, tricks, documents and data that private investigators use to investigate corporations.

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    11:30 am - 12:20 pm

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Introduction to Tableau

    Speaker: David McKie of CBC

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 219

    2:00 pm - 3:50 pm

  • Panel

    Reporting in the grey areas

    Speakers: Robyn Doolittle of Toronto Star; Anton Koschany of CTV W5

    Confidential sources, hidden cameras, whistleblowers and stakeouts.  

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

  • Panel

    Spycraft

    Speaker: Steve Doig of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

    Protecting yourself and your sources from government surveillance.

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Scraping for stories

    Speaker: Sarah Cohen of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 219

    4:00 pm - 5:50 pm

  • Panel

    Using the Web and social media as investigative tools

    Speaker: Mark Horvit of University of Missouri

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

  • Panel

    Finding data online

    Speaker: David McKie of CBC

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    5:00 pm - 5:50 pm

  • Panel

    Art of the big data investigation

    Speakers: Sarah Cohen of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Anna Mehler Paperny of Globalnews.ca

    Conceiving and executing stories from numbers.

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    9:30 am - 10:20 am

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Excel II

    Speaker: Steve Doig of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 219

    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Panel

    Big opportunities in Canadian business news

    Speaker: David Cay Johnston of DCReport

    Uncovering a host of story ideas by taking a critical look at the Canadian economy.

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    10:30 am - 11:20 am

  • Panel

    Crafting the long-form narrative

    Speaker: Jennifer Wells of Toronto Star

    Shaping your research into a compelling story.

    Rogers Communications Centre - RCC 204

    11:30 am - 12:20 pm