Online Training

To help meet your needs, IRE has developed a series of online training materials so you can learn from top-notch journalists and trainers in the comfort of your home or office. Contact our training staff with any questions or suggestions.

COVID-19 webinars: Learn about free webinars we’re offering during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinars are free and open to IRE members and non-member journalists, students and educators. The webinars are provided through a generous sponsorship of the Inasmuch Foundation (formerly Excellence and Ethics in Journalism).


TitleDescriptionSpeakersYear RecordedClosed Captions?
For students: How to best prepare for summer and beyond with or without an internship amid COVID-19By now, students would be finalizing plans for a summer internship and looking forward to getting into their first newsroom. But due to COVID-19 concerns, students are instead seeing internship opportunities dry up altogether, or will have a very different experience likely having to work remote. Learn from experts on how to make the most out of this summer to keep you on the journalism career-bound track.Norma Guerra Gaier (University of Texas), Linda Shockley (Dow Jones News Fund), Chip Mahaney (The E.W. Scripps Co.)2020Yes
So you manage a remote team nowWith many journalists working from home, newsroom managers are having to adapt to new workflows while supervising remote teams. Learn some tips on handling the transition from folks who managed remote teams before the pandemic — and from folks like you who are learning as they go.Kate Howard (Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting), Mark Rochester (Type Investigations), Liz Roldan (CBS Miami), Audrey Cooper (San Francisco Chronicle)2020Yes
Behind the story: Covering populations vulnerable to COVID-19Amid all the story angles of COVID-19, those marginalized in our nation’s history likely could be so again — as data already shows them disproportionately affected by the virus. Learn from journalists who are covering some of the country’s most vulnerable populations and how you can do so as well. We’ll discuss covering communities of color, the elderly, immigrants and the undocumented, as well as those in prison and jail and others who work in those facilities.Keri Blakinger (The Marshall Project), Samah Assad (CBS2 Chicago), Nicole Foy (Idaho Statesman), Trisha Thadani (San Francisco Chronicle)2020Yes
Investigating higher ed amid COVID-19Student journalists can dig deep when covering their own campuses, especially in the wake of COVID-19. Learn how to investigate higher education with a focus on essential data and documents. Also, hear about higher ed stories that can be done in any newsroom. This webinar is part of the IRE-Mizzou Watchdog Series, a monthly seminar in partnership with the Missouri School of Journalism.Elizabeth Brixey (Missouri School of Journalism), Michael Vasquez (Chronicle of Higher Education), Shera Avi-Yonah (The Harvard Crimson), Mike Hiestand (Student Press Law Center)2020Yes
Covering job losses and economic fallout from coronavirusThe economic toll from the coronavirus pandemic is hard to fathom. This session will cover finding data to quantify and dig into the economic fallout, as well as finding the human stories to illustrate the staggering toll. Panelists will show how to find and use economic data from the St. Louis Fed, how to dig into WARN reports of layoffs in your state, and crowdsourcing to find human sources, especially among vulnerable populations.Paul Overberg (The Wall Street Journal), Keith Taylor (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis), Wendi C. Thomas (MLK50)2020Yes
Fact-checking coronavirus storiesThe coronavirus pandemic has created a steady stream of misinformation on social media, questionable websites and from political leaders across the globe. Learn from fact-checking and health reporting pros on how to find and verify facts, track hoaxes and the spread of misinformation, and ultimately bring your audiences the high-quality, fact-based reporting they need. This webinar is co-hosted with the Society of Professional Journalists.Rachana Pradhan (Kaiser Health News), Samantha Sunne (independent journalist), Cristina Tardáguila, (International Fact Checking Network), Claire Wardle (First Draft News)2020Yes
Finding COVID-19 data and responsible contextPanelists will address where journalists can find accurate data about COVID-19, share advice for using the data within larger context responsibly and ways to deliver that information to communities in easily understandable formats for the greatest impact. This webinar is co-hosted with Reynolds Journalism Institute.Caroline Chen (ProPublica), Armand Emamdjomeh (The Washington Post), Jennifer LaFleur (American University/The Investigative Reporting Workshop), Cheryl Phillips (Big Local News at Stanford University). Hosted by Kat Duncan (Reynolds Journalism Institute) and Denise Malan (IRE)2020Yes
Fighting for open records during the COVID-19 crisisPanelists discuss specific records to ask for to investigate coronavirus response at all levels of government, and resources to help push back against agencies that say they can’t fill requests during this crisis. Bring your questions. This webinar is co-hosted by IRE and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.Adam Marshall and Gunita Singh (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press), Jason Leopold (BuzzFeed News), Denise Malan (IRE)2020Yes
TV and radio broadcasting from homeStep inside the living rooms of veteran local TV and radio investigative reporters to see how they’ve adapted to “work from home.” So how do you do it? How are we all broadcasting from home? What do you need gear-wise? What are best practices for Skype interviews? How do you make TV or radio without a studio? Can you actually create a green screen in your apartment? (Hint: yes, we’ve done it). Join IRE and RTDNA members for an informal chat as we all swap ideas and navigate a new normal together.Eric Flack (WUSA9 Washington), Danielle Leigh (ABC7 New York/WABC), Lee Zurik (Gray Television & WVUE New Orleans), Cindy Galli (ABC News), Denise Malan (IRE)2020Yes
How journalists can fight stress from covering COVID-19Al Tompkins of Poynter and Sidney Tompkins, a licensed psychotherapist, have been working with newsrooms to help journalists manage traumatic stress. Now, with nonstop coverage of the coronavirus spread, self-quarantines and economic fallout, journalists are facing an unprecedented amount of stress.Al Tompkins (Poynter), Sidney Tompkins (licensed psychotherapist), Doug Haddix (IRE)2020Yes
Investigating Off-Campus Housing: From Slumlords to Safety ViolationsAcross the country, the vast majority of college students live in off-campus houses and apartments. In this webinar you'll learn how to investigate landlords and safety hazards that put students at risk.Jill Riepenhoff (The Columbus Dispatch), Todd Wallack (The Boston Globe), Hagit Limor (Fox19 Cincinnati), Frank LoMonte (The Student Press Law Center)2015No
2018 Midterms: Story ideas, data & moreSandra Fish2018No
Investigating NonprofitsTodd Wallack (Boston Globe), Andrea Fuller (Wall Street Journal)2018No
Presenting Your FindingsMegan Luther (IRE)2016No
Investigating FraudProving corporate fraud is usually the work of a judge and jury but the indicators of looming migraines, especially for publicly traded companies, are almost always found in "plain sight," within the public legal and financial filings. Armed with nearly unimpeachable source documents – i.e. what corporate executives have personally signed off on – your reporting on publicly traded companies can be instantly transformed into something much deeper and relevant. Roddy Boyd (Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation)2015No
Media and Money: What we can learn from campaign advertisingGet a sneak preview of an unprecedentedly detailed data set that the Internet Archive, the Sunlight Foundation and Philadelphia's Committee of Seventy compiled on political ads in Philadelphia this fall. Learn how University of Delaware researchers will be using the data to watchdog local TV stations, and learn how you can replicate the project in your own communities for next year.Roger Macdonald (Television Archive/Internet Archive), Kathy Kiely (Sunlight Foundation), Bob Lannon (Sunlight Foundation), Patrick Christmas (Committee of Seventy), Danilo Yanich (University of Delaware)2014No
I See Dead PeoplePaul Parker of the Providence Journal explain how journalists can use genealogy records in their reporting. Using popular sites like and lesser-known pages like, journalists can track down original documents that tie people to places, events, and institutions.Paul Parker (Providence Journal)2014No
Data Journalism for BroadcastersJamie Grey (KTVB-TV)2014No
Building SourcesThis webinar on building sources is part of "Watchdog: Raise the Bar," a workshop provided by IRE, SPJ and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.Jenifer Mckim (New England Center for Investigative Reporting)2014No
The Buying of Election 201The Buying of Election 20144The 2014 election will be the most expensive congressional midterm in U.S. history -- by a lot. Center for Public Integrity senior political reporter Dave Levinthal and data reporter Ben Wieder show you how to tell compelling, enterprising stories by navigating the labyrinth of big-money politics in both federal and state campaigns. They will focus on how to cover powerful super PACs and political nonprofits, track attack ads and make money stories more relevant to a general news audience.Dave Levinthal and Ben Wieder (The Center for Public Integrity)2014No
Watchdogging Lions, Tigers, Bears, et al: Inside college athleticsJill Riepenhoff of the Columbus Dispatch shares tips on investigating college sports, from how to examine the rule book and find story ideas to using the NCAA's infraction database and digging into athlete's mysterious departures from their teams.Jill Riepenhoff (The Columbus Dispatch)2013No