Watchdog Workshops

A crucial duty of a journalist is to serve the public interest by acting as a watchdog on government and business. This duty has become all the more important at a time when governments are restricting the flow of information. At such times, broadcast and print journalists must redouble their efforts to use freedom-of-information laws to obtain public documents and help the public appreciate the value of such laws.

Thanks to the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation for funding this workshop series.

 

About the workshops

The Watchdog Workshop series brings affordable training to cities around the U.S. Use the schedule below to find a session near you, or contact IRE if you’re interested in bringing one to your area. IRE’s staff teams up with veteran journalists to lead the training.

Journalists who attend IRE Watchdog Workshops get their investigative batteries recharged. Reporters, editors and producers return to their newsrooms with:

  • Hard-hitting story ideas.
  • Databases and documents to explore on their beat.
  • Useful websites and strategies for using Internet tools such as wikis, blogs, robots and RSS feeds.
  • Techniques for more effective sourcing and interviewing.
  • Advice on how to bulletproof stories for accuracy.
  • Tips on dealing with freedom of information laws and public records in their state.
  • Topic-specific training that changes depending on the news of the day and the needs of local news organizations.

Top-notch investigative journalists from around the country team with IRE trainers to provide a workshop filled with inspiration as well as tangible tips and resources. Previous speakers have included reporters and editors from The New York Times, WTTG-Washington, The Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe Los Angeles Times and dozens of other news organizations.

Most workshops also feature hands-on spreadsheet training.

 

Find or schedule a workshop

Check the training calendar for a watchdog workshop near you. If you’re interested in hosting a workshop, you may fill out this form or contact training director Patti DiVincenzo to discuss bringing one to your city.

 

Listen to workshop audio

Audio is available for the following workshops:

 

Workshop tipsheets and audio

2019 Seattle TV Watchdog Workshop

Tipsheets coming soon

 

2019 Milwaukee Watchdog Workshop

Dave Umhoefer and Eric Litke | Watchdogging local government | tipsheet

Michael Berens | Source checklist | tipsheet

Dee Hall | Using open records laws to uncover secrets | tipsheet

April Barker and Dee Hall | Inside the mind of a records custodian | tipsheet

Natasha Haverty and Greg Borowski | Multi-platform investigative storytelling | tipsheet

Michael Berens | Finding stories with data | tipsheet

Maria Perez | Developing sources on the beat | tipsheet

Steve Chamraz | Art of the interview | tipsheet

 

2019 Philadelphia TV Watchdog Workshop

Katie Townsend | Prying loose public records | tipsheet

Julian Sher | Master the investigative interview | tipsheet

Brendan Keefe | Show me, don’t tell me! | tipsheet

Harry Hairston | Enterprise stories for TV | tipsheet

Brendan Keefe | Turning data into TV and online gold | tipsheet

Harry Hairston and Lucy Bustamante | 30 stories in 60 minutes | tipsheets

 

2019 San Jose Watchdog Workshop

Aaron Montes | Records request letter for Texas Public Information Act | tipsheet

Kimbriell Kelly | Build your beat: Tips on sourcing and interviewing | tipsheet

Josh Hinkle and Lise Olsen | Developing an investigative mindset | tipsheet

Kelly Shannon | Public Information Act open government training | tipsheet

Melissa del Bosque | Immigration stories in your community | tipsheet

Texas Public Information Act: Best practices for requestors | tipsheet

Sunshine Coalition explainer | tipsheet

 

2019 Hawaii Watchdog Workshop

John Hill | Cultivating an investigative attitude | tipsheet

R. Brian Black | Government records in Hawaii | tipsheet

Sophie Cocke | Prying loose public records | tipsheet

 

2018 Columbus Watchdog Workshop

Corey Johnson | Digging deeper with data and documents | tipsheet/audio

Doug Haddix | Digital sleuthing | tipsheet/audio

Marisa Kwiatkowski, Mike Rezendes | Tackling sexual harassment and misconduct | tipsheet/audio

Marisa Kwiatkowski, Duane Pohlman, Mike Rezendes | The art of the interview | tipsheet/audio

Adam Marshall | Prying loose public records | tipsheet/audio

Jill Riepenhoff | 30 stories in 60 minutes | tipsheet/audio

 

2018 Boston Watchdog Workshop

Ryan Kath, Andrew Tran, Brooke Williams | Developing a watchdog mindset | tipsheets/audio

Andrew Tran, Todd Wallack | The data sets you should be using | tipsheet/audio

Todd Wallack | Public records tips & tricks | tipsheet/audio

Nicole Dungca, Phillip Martin | Investigating inequality | tipsheet/audio

Jenifer McKim, Eric Rasmussen | Art of the interview | tipsheets/audio

Sarah Hutcins | Web & social media sleuthing | tipsheet/audio

 

2018 San Jose Watchdog Workshop

Thomas Peele | Public records: Tips and tactics | tipsheet

Stephen Stock | Data for breaking news | tipsheet

Ziva Branstetter and Paige St. John | Developing an investigative mindset | tipsheet

 

2018 Dallas TV Watchdog Workshop

Vicky Nguyen | Watchdog state of mind | tipsheet/audio

Scott Friedman | Watchdog midset | tipsheet/audio

Andrew Chavez, Paul C. Watler and Eric Wong | Prying loose public records | tipsheet/audio

Paul C. Watler and Eric Wong | FOI Laws for Texas Journalists | tipsheet/audio

Josh Hinkle | Digital storytelling | tipsheet/audio

Vicky Nguyen | Digital state of mind | tipsheet/audio

Cindy Galli and Lee Zurik | Art of the interview | tipsheet/audio

Scott Friedman | Accountability interviews | tipsheet/audio

Lee Zurik | Nailing the investigative interview | tipsheet/audio

Cindy Galli and Lee Zurik | 30 stories in 60 minutes | tipsheet/audio

Denise Malan | Digital sleuthing on deadline | tipsheet/audio

 

2018 New Orleans Watchdog Workshop

Charles Maldonado and Dan Zimmerman | Prying loose public records | tipsheet/audio

Megan Luther and Cody Winchester | Source development | tipsheet/audio

Katherine Sayre and Mark Schleifstein | Watchdog state of mind | tipsheet/audio

Elizabeth Crisp | Watchdogging the statehouse | tipsheet/audio

Julia O’Donoghue | Statehouse reporting | tipsheet/audio

Cody Winchester | Digital sleuthing on deadline | tipsheet/audio

Lee Zurik | Nailing the investigative interview | audio

 

2018 Palm Springs Watchdog Workshop

Nicole Vap | Digging deeper with data and documents | tipsheet/audio

Joel Grover and Maya Lau | The watchdog interview | tipsheet/audio

Norberto Santana | Public records: Tips and tactics | tipsheet/audio

Doug Haddix | Online sleuthing | tipsheet/audio

 

2018 Denver Watchdog Workshop

David Migoya | CORA! CORA! CORA! A field guide to Colorado’s open records law | tipsheet/audio

Kem Armstrong | Narrative storytelling for investigative journalists | tipsheet/audio

Ken Armstrong | Following paper and document trails | tipsheet/audio

Sandra Fish and Nancy Watzman | Politics: Prepping for the midterms | tipsheet/audio

Shaun Assael | Nailing the investigative interview | tipsheet/audio

 

2018 Washington D.C. Watchdog Workshop

Doug Haddix | Dig deeper with social media | tipsheet

Katie Townsend | The Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and YOU! | tipsheet

James Grimaldi | Digging for Documents | tipsheet

Steven Rich | Mass FOIA Requests (and how to do them better than me) | tipsheet

Chad Day | FEC deep dive – fec.gov hidden gems | tipsheet

Carrie Levine | Joint Fundraising Committees and Nonprofits | tipsheet

 

2018 Portland Watchdog Workshop

Rob Davis and Tony Schick | Reporting on environmental topics | audio

Jason Leopold and Duane Bosworth | Battling for public records | audio

Jason Leopold and Ziva Branstetter | Digging into documents and data | tipsheet/audio

Ziva Branstetter and Steve Suo | Organizing the investigation | tipsheet/audio

Paige St. John | Sourcing: Build your beat | tipsheet/audio

Cody Winchester | Web for watchdogs | tipsheet/audio

Cody Winchester | Wrap-up, what IRE can do for you | tipsheet

Cheryl W. Thompson | The investigative interview | tipsheet

Mark Greenblatt | Driving Impact Through Multi-Platform Reporting | tipsheet

Tisha Thompson | “22 Harvest Street” Writing the Multiplatform Story | tipsheet

 

2018 Atlanta Watchdog Workshop

Cheryl W. Thompson | Everyday watchdog | tipsheet/audio

Tom Clyde and Jennifer Peebles | Overcoming FOIA road blocks | audio

Cheryl W. Thompson, Shawn McIntosh | Using data & docs in your reporting | tipsheet/audio

Corey Johnson, Andy Pierrotti | Developing sources on the beat | audio

Mark Walker | Backgrounding & web search | tipsheet

 

2018 Miami Watchdog Workshop

Tony Pipitone | The investigative interview | tipsheet/audio

Susan Richardson | Investigating inequality: Focusing on race-based inequality or the racial wealth gap | tipsheet/audio

Manny Garcia and Mc Nelly Torres | Before & after the storm: Prepare to cover natural disasters | tipsheet/audio

Neela Banerjee and Rita Teutonico | Covering climate change and its effects: Expectations, data, stories | tipsheet/audio

Sandy Bohrer and Dan Christensen | Requesting public records | tipsheet/audio

Denise Malan | IRE member benefits | tipsheet

Denise Malan | Web search & social media for investigators | tipsheet

 

2017 Louisville Watchdog Workshop

Michael Kelly | Cultivating the Watchdog in your newsroom | tipsheet/audio

Angilee Shah and Topher Sanders | Digging deeper with data and documents | tipsheet/audio

Angilee​ ​Shah | Finding​ ​the​ ​Story:​ ​Immigration​ ​data | tipsheet/audio

Brendan McCarthy | Building an accountability culture in the tewsroom | tipsheet/audio

Jeremy Rogers | Request for success: FOIA and open records laws | tipsheet/audio

Kate Howard | Perfecting your 15-minute background check | tipsheet/audio

Cody Winchester| What IRE can do for you | tipsheet/audio

 

2017 Portland (Maine) Watchdog Workshop

Julian Sher | Mastering the investigative interview | tipsheet

Julian Sher | The art of investigative storytelling | tipsheet /audio

Sharon Machlis | Cool tools and apps for watchdogs | tipsheet/audio

Cheryl W. Thompson | Data and documents | tipsheet/audio

Doug Haddix | Web and social media for watchdogs | tipsheet/audio

 

2017 Des Moines Watchdog Workshop

Denise Malan | Web search & social media for investigators | tipsheet

Steve Chamraz and Barbara Rodriguez | Art of the interview | tipsheet

Randy Evans and Erin Jordan | Open Records/FOIA | tipsheet

Lee Rood | Everyday watchdog | tipsheet

Sandhya Kambhampati | Making the most of documents and data | tipsheet

Sandhya Kambhampati and Matt Wynn | Bulletproofing your reporting | tipsheet

 

2017 IRE/EIJ Anaheim Watchdog Workshop

Annie Gilbertson | Documents and data | tipsheet/audio

Rong-Gong Lin | Breaking news watchdog | tipsheet/audio

Cody Winchester | Web for watchdogs | tipsheet/audio

Cody Winchester | What IRE can do for you | tipsheet

 

2017 IRE/NLGJA Philadelphia Watchdog Workshop

Wendy Saltzman | Creating a watchdog culture in your newsroom | tipsheet

Liz Navratil | Digging deeper with data and docs | tipsheet/audio

Mitch Blacher and Daniel Simmons-Ritchie | FOI and open records | tipsheets/audio

Sarah Hutchins | Web search and social media for investigators | tipsheet

 

2017 Vancouver Watchdog Workshop

Natasha Del Toro, Frédéric Zalac, Robert Cribb, Sandra Bartlett | Cross-border commerce reporting – Case Study: The Panama Papers | audio

Andrew McIntosh, Kim Bolan, Mike De Souza, Garance Burke | Cross-border crime reporting | audio

Kathryn Gretsinger, Harvey Cashore | Interviewing workshop | audio/tipsheet

Brittany Anthony, Daphne Bramham, Martha Mendoza, Robert Cribb | Cross-border slavery and trafficking | audio/tipsheet

Tamara Munzner, Muhammad Abdul-Mageed | Hands-on: Visualization, artificial intelligence, and social media | tipsheet

Andrew McIntosh, Bruce Livesey, Kathy Tomlinson, Robert Cribb | Cross-border corruption reporting | audio

Susanne Reber | Driveway Moments: The art of long-form audio narrative | audio

Peter Klein, Susanne Reber, Linda Solomon Wood, Kirk LaPointe | The future of multi-media investigative reporting | audio

Laura Lynch, Nina Shapiro, Michael Corey, Sunny Dhillon | Cross-border immigration reporting | tipsheet/audio

Susanne Reber, Jeanette Ageson, Peter Klein, Erin Millar, Dave Beers, Linda Solomon Wood, Patti Sonntag | New Models for Investigative Reporting |audio

Tracey Friesen, Dave Beers, Rabia Mir, Marla Steinberg | Lunchtime Discussion: Measuring impact | tipsheets/audio

 

2017 Tulsa Watchdog Workshop

Bob Nelon, Corey Johnson | FOI and open records | tipsheets/audio

Clifton Adcock | Finding and using Oklahoma state data | tipsheet/audio

Joe Wertz, Todd Halihan | Oil drilling activity and earthquakes | tipsheets/audio

Erica Byfield | Breaking news watchdog | tipsheet/audio

Corey Johnson, Erica Byfield | Art of the interview | tipsheet/audio

Cody Winchester, Doug Haddix | Web, search and social media for investigators | tipsheet

 

2017 East Lansing Watchdog Workshop

Michael LaForgia, Chastity Pratt Dawsey | Investigating troubled schools | tipsheets/audio

Robin Luce Herrmann | FOI and open records | tipsheet

M.L. Elrick, Louis Aguilar | Art of the interview | audio

Jennifer Dixon, Doug Haddix | Digging deeper with data and docs | tipsheet/audio

Jill Riepenhoff | Uncovering big news in sports | tipsheet/audio

Doug Haddix | Web, search and social media for investigators | tipsheet/audio

 

2017 Dallas Watchdog Workshop

Jason Bloom, Megan Luther | FOI and open records | audio

Scott Friedman | Art of the interview | tipsheet/audio

Topher Sanders | Source development | tipsheet/audio

Topher Sanders, Ellen Gabler | Digging deeper with data and docs | tipsheet

Ellen Gabler | Writing the investigation | tipsheet/audio

Tawnell Hobbs | Investigating education | audio

 

2017 Jackson Watchdog Workshop

Gregg Mayer | FOI and open records | tipsheet/audio

Doug Haddix | Web, search and social media for investigators | tipsheet/audio

Shawn McIntosh | Quick-hit investigations | tipsheets/audio

Neena Satija | Investigating for radio + podcasting | tipsheet/audio

Jerry Mitchell | Reporting on injustice | tipsheet

Jennifer LaFleur | Digging deeper with data and docs | tipsheet/audio

 

2017 New York Watchdog Workshop

Katy Stech, Shin Pei | Beyond bankruptcy filings: Researching with PACER and Bloomberg terminal | tipsheets

Matthew Schafer, Tom Robbins | The art of requesting and negotiating for information | audio

Megan Luther, Agustin Armendariz, Andrew Lehren, Sarah Ryley | Intro to data journalism | tipsheet/audio

Erin Horan, Robert Gebeloff, Topher Sanders | Measuring inequality | tipsheet/audio

Andy Court, Janet Roberts, Walt Bogdanich | Conceiving and organizing an investigation | tipsheet/audio

Sandeep Junnarkar, Scott Blumenthal | Interactive journeys | tipsheet/audio

Diana Henriques, Greg David | Understanding financial documents | tipsheets

Kendall Taggart, Richard Greenberg, Serge Kovaleski | Quick-hit and breaking news investigations | tipsheet/audio

Andrew Lehren, Dan Barry, Mary Pilon, Thomas Maier | Brownbag: Meet the authors | tipsheet/audio

Domila McFarlane, Giannina Segnini | Investigating the supply chain | tipsheets/audio

Barbara Gray | Latest search and social tools and techniques for investigative reporting | tipsheet/audio

Jo Craven McGinty, Ryan McNeill, Tom McGinty, Robert Lewis | Data deep dives | tipsheet

Malik Singleton, Jeff Larson, Ashley Wu | The latest in data viz | audio

Mike Williams, Eryn Schornick, Michael Hudson | Exposing tax havens | tipsheets/audio

David Barstow, Reg Chua | A conversation with David Barstow | audio

Hannah Rappleye, Jane Sasseen, Lisa Riordan Seville, Sarah Blustain, Andrew Lehren | Funding your investigation | tipsheet/audio

Rob Barry, Benjamin Lesser | Data verification | audio

Azmat Khan, Jesse Eisinger, Matt Robinson | From hedge funds to private companies: Digging deep when public records are scarce | audio

 

2016 Salt Lake City Watchdog Workshop

Jeffrey Hunt, Joel Campbell | FOI and open records | audio

Nate Carlisle | Bulletproofing your reporting | audio

Judy Fahys, Howard Berkes | Art of the interview | tipsheet/audio

Howard Berkes | Investigating the regulators | tipsheet/audio

Ron Nixon | Digging deeper with data and docs | audio

 

Ida B. Wells Society investigative reporting boot camp at North Carolina Central University in Durham

Nikole Hannah-Jones | The Art of the pitch | tipsheet

Corey G. Johnson | Finding sources and mastering the interview | tipsheet

 

2016 Anchorage Watchdog Workshop

Jennifer LaFleur, John McKay | FOI and open records | audio

Jennifer LaFleur | Investigating Alaska Native Corps & other businesses | audio

Nicole Vap | Digging deeper with data and docs | tipsheet/audio

Nat Herz | Following the Money: Sources for reporting on Alaska government and elections | audio

Nicole Vap | Quick hit investigations | tipsheet/audio

 

2016 San Diego Data Watchdog Workshop

First Python Notebook: Scripting your way to the story | Ben Welsh, Los Angeles Times

How to tell a story with charts in 5 charts: A newsroom taxonomy | Ben Welsh, Los Angeles Times and Ingrid Lobet, independent journalist

 

2016 Houston Watchdog Workshop

Getting an investigative mindset | Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle

Constructing the Narrative: An Unbelievable Story of Rape | Ken Armstrong, The Marshall Project

 

2016 Toronto Watchdog Workshop

Tableau Tutorial Using Canadian Arms Sales Data | David McKie, CBC

Protecting your stuff | Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, The Wall Street Journal

Backgrounding companies | Greg McArthur, The Globe and Mail

Backgrounding businesses | Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, The Wall Street Journal

 

2016 Burlington Watchdog Workshop

20 ideas in 20 minutes | Jodi Upton, USA TODAY

Bulletproofing the story | Jodi Upton, USA TODAY

 

2016 Memphis Watchdog Workshop 

#FOIA blues | Maria Ines Zamudio, The Commercial Appeal Newspaper

Policing the Police: Strategies for Covering Criminal Justice Tipsheet | Cheryl W. Thompson, The Washington Post

Improper Techniques, Increased Risks | Cheryl W. Thompson, The Washington Post

 

2016 Fort Myers Watchdog 

Investigating politicians | James Grimaldi, The Wall Street Journal

Building sources | Manny Garcia, Naples Daily News

 

2015 Chicago Watchdog Workshop

Solutions journalism network | Tina Rosenberg, The New York Times

Digging deeper with data and documents | Rob Barry, The Wall Street Journal

 

2015 Fort Collins Watchdog Workship

The Art of the Interview | Nicole Vap, KUSA

Digging Deeper with Data and Documents | Anna Boiko-Weyrauch (Rocky Mountain PBS) and Nick Penzenstadler (USA Today)

Tips For Investigating Domestic Violence | Doug Pardue, The Post and Courier

 

2015 IRE/AAJA August Watchdog Workshop

Cultivating Sources | Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica, Bernice Yeung, CIR/Reveal

The Numbers Game | Frank Bi, The Verge, Joanna Lin and Eric Sagara, CIR/Reveal

 

2015 Midwest Watchdog Workship in Madison, WI

The Art of the Interview | Joce Sterman, WJLA

10 Techniques for Getting People To Talk | Stephanie Saul, The New York Times

Consumer reporting, testing | Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY

The Art of the Interview and Source Development | Andy Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Free tools and techniques to help us be better watchdog reporters | Lauren Fuhrmann and Kate Golden, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; Ellen Gabler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Taming environmental and agricultural reporting | Ron Seely, Wisconsin State Journal; Pamela Dempsey, The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting; Kate Golden, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Five Tips for Investigating Underrepresented Communities | Karen Lincoln Michel, Madison Magazine

Quick-hit investigations | Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin State Journal

Web for Watchdog | Megan Luther, IRE and NICAR

Complaint investigations: Turning complaints into compelling stories | Joce Sterman, WJLA

 

2015 Washington, DC Watchdog Workshop

The Art of the Interview | Tisha Thompson, NBC4-Washington

Open Records: Using the law to get what you want | Talia Buford, The Center for Public Integrity; Ron Nixon, The New York Times

 

2015 Nashville Higher Education Watchdog Workshop

Doing watchdog journalism with limited time – slides | Nancy Amons, WSMV, Channel 4

Doing watchdog journalism with limited time – tipsheet | Nancy Amons, WSMV, Channel 4

 

2015 Baton Rouge Watchdog Workshop

Watchdogging local government | Gordon Russell, The New Orleans Advocate

FOI/Open records (this links to multiple pieces of FOI material from Torres) | Manuel Torres, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

Finding and cultivating sources | Manny Garcia, Naples Daily News

 

2014 Jacksonville Watchdog Workshop

Watchdogging on the Beat: Tips from the AJC Newsroom | Shawn McIntosh, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Finding and cultivating sources | Topher Sanders, The Florida Times-Union

 

2014 Buffalo Watchdog Workshop

The art of the interview | Tisha Thompson, NBC Washington

Watchdogging public finance | John Schoen, CNBC.com

 

2014 Portland Watchdog Workshop

The art of the interview | Nicole Vap, NBC Denver

 

2014 Washington, D.C. Watchdog Workshop in conjuction with AAJA’s  National Conference

Public Records and You | Brad Heath, USA Today and Alia L. Smith, Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz, LLP

Bulletproofing Your Story | Brad Heath, USA Today

Investigations You Can Start Next Week | Ron Lin, Los Angeles Times

Covering Minority Communities | Anh Do, Los Angeles Times and Richard Lui, MSNBC

Websites for Environmental Reporting | Lisa Song, InsideClimate News

 

2014 San Antonio Watchdog Worshop

FOI Laws for Texas Journalists | Paul C. Watler, Jackson Walker L.L.P. 

Web for Watchdogs | Doug Haddix, Ohio State University/Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism

Who Cares About State Elections? | Dave Levinthal and Ben Wieder, The Center for Public Integrity

Webinar: The Buying of the Election 2014 | Dave Levinthal and Ben Wieder, The Center for Public Integrity

 

2014 Tucson Watchdog Workshop

The Art of Access | David Cuillier, University of Arizona

Beyond the Obvious: Investigating Drugs and Cartels | Dr. Celeste González de Bustamante, University of Arizona

 

2014 Wyoming Watchdog Workshop

Channeling Elmore Leonard: How to make a story hum | Ken Armstrong, The Seattle Times

Chasing Paper | Ken Armstrong, The Seattle Times

 

2014 Los Angeles Watchdog Workshop

Digging Deeper with Data and Documents | Ron Campbell, Independent Journalist

Requesting records and data under open records law | Ellen Gabler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Hidden Key to Hot Button Issues: Census Data | Ron Campbell, Independent Journalist

 

2014 Iowa City Watchdog Workshop

Tips for Investigating Caregivers | Meg Kissinger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Transparency in action: Pinpointing influence of money in state politics | Denise Roth Barber, National Institute on Money in State Politics

 

2014 New York Watchdog Workshop

Cyber security | Paula Lavigne, ESPN; Mike Tigas, ProPublica; Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, The Wall Street Journal

Tips for grant writing | Hannah Rappleye and Lisa Riordan Seville, Independent Journalists

Tracing assets, tracking lifestyles | Sheila Coronel, Columbia University

The fast lane: Some rules for the road | Jennifer Forsyth, The Wall Street Journal

Finding data for investigative reporters | Barbara Gray, CUNY Journalism School

Web tools for reporting | Barbara Gray, CUNY Journalism School

 

2013 Toronto Watchdog Workshop

Spycraft: Keeping your sources safe | Steve Doig, ASU

Intro To Spatial Data Analysis | David McKie, CBC

Scraping with Chrome Scraper | Sarah Cohen, The New York Times

Big Opportunities in Canadian Business News | David Cay Johnston, CJR, Tax Analysts and National Memo

 

2013 Hawaii Watchdog Workshop

Finding the story | Michael Berens, The Seattle Times

Documents and tools for investigating nonprofits | Kendall Taggart, The Center for Investigative Reporting

The Art of the Interview | Michael Berens, The Seattle Times

 

2013 Oklahoma City Watchdog Workshop

Why use data and documents? | Chris Davis, Tampa Bay Times

Quick Hit Investigative Story ideas | Nanci Wilson, Freelance

Generating story ideas | Chris Davis, Tampa Bay Times

 

2013 Johnson City, TN Watchdog Workshop

Digging deeper with data and documents | Ziva Branstetter, Tulsa World and Phil Willilams, News Channel 5 

101 Essential Documents For Watchdog Reporters | Phil Williams, News Channel 5

The Web for investigations | Doug Haddix, Ohio State University/Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism

Social media for investigations | Doug Haddix, Ohio State University/Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism

Bulletproofing your work | Ziva Branstetter, Tulsa World