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IRE Chicago Watchdog Workshop (May 10)


May 10


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This workshop is co-sponsored by The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

Elevate your investigative and data skills by joining IRE for a day of professional development training in Chicago at the Medill School of Journalism's downtown campus at Northwestern University, on May 10, 2024.

This workshop will have something for everyone — whether you're a reporter, student, editor, educator, producer, freelancer or all of the above and then some — you'll be guaranteed a plethora of new tips, tricks, and skills for your tool belt, ideas for your next story and connections with some of the top investigative and data journalists in the country.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Current IRE membership is required to attend. Join or renew today.

Registration is $75 for professional, academic, associate and retiree members. Students can register for $25.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.

Co-sponsored by: Oklahoma Media Center


April 12


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April 13


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Elevate your investigative and data skills by joining IRE for a day and a half of professional development training at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, April 12 and 13, 2024.

This workshop will have something for everyone — whether you're a reporter, student, editor, educator, producer, freelancer or all of the above and then some — you'll be guaranteed a plethora of new tips, tricks, and skills for your tool belt, ideas for your next story and connections with some of the top investigative and data journalists in the country.

And you’ve got options! Join us on Friday to hear from award-winning investigative and data journalists, and on Saturday morning to learn the power of spreadsheets. Or, both days to give your career the ultimate boost.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12 and 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 (half-day of hands-on Google Sheets training).


Workshop Fees

Thanks to generous support from the Oklahoma Media Center, registration for professional, academic, retiree and associate members is just $55 and comes with a free one-year membership to IRE. Student members can register for $25 and will also receive a free one-year membership.

Optional hands-on training Saturday morning (additional fee of $15, seating is limited, Friday registration is not required to sign up).

All attendees must be current IRE members. To purchase tickets, you need to log into your member profile.

Not a current IRE Member? Go here to start the registration process. Once you complete the form, we'll send you details on how to join IRE and register for the workshop. Please note that all attendees must meet IRE's membership terms. For more information, please visit the IRE Membership Terms page.


Location

The workshop will be held at The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits located at 701 N. Lindsay Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73104.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. All cancellations must be in writing. There is a $30 processing fee for all cancellations until April 5. After that date, requests for refunds will be considered case by case. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Recording Notice

All IRE events are subject to being photographed, video/audio-recorded, screen captured and/or live-streamed. Attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors may be captured via these formats. All sessions, materials and activities are subject to recording by IRE and may be reproduced in part or whole, and distributed or used in any way consistent with IRE’s mission.


Questions

For questions about registration or general event questions, please contact logistics@ire.org.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


January 26


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The EPA says 32 percent of Americans are recycling, up from just seven percent in 1960. But are those items really being recycled, or do they end up in landfills or incinerators? Join us for a discussion with journalists who’ve looked into this story with widely varying results and some tips on how you can do the story where you live.


Date and Time

Friday, January 26, 2024 from 1-2 p.m. (ET)


Speakers

Moderator: Rick Gevers, Rick Gevers & Associates
A longtime IRE supporter and now board member, Rick’s a former television news director who’s been working as an agent for the past 29 years. He also publishes a widely read newsletter on the comings and goings of news managers.

Cho Park, Producer, ABC News
Cho has been with ABC News for over a decade and specializes in long-form investigations for ABC News platforms and Hulu. She's covered a wide spectrum of topics, including illegal child labor on ethically certified farms to racial bias in the NFL concussion settlement program, and she has been honored with multiple awards for her work. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she now calls Brooklyn her home.

Bob Segall - Senior Investigative Reporter, WTHR-TV, Indianapolis IN
Bob Segall is a four time Peabody Award winner who’s worked at WTHR for almost 18 years. His stories have been honored with a National Emmy, a duPont-Columbia award, an Edward R. Murrow award, two dozen regional Emmy awards, and many other honors. Bob has worked in Milwaukee, for two stations in Michigan, and in Quincy, IL.

Tonya Simpson, Coordinating Producer, ABC News
Tonya Simpson is an Emmy and Murrow Award winning journalist with more than 10 years of experience. She began her career producing local newscasts and has worked in several markets. Before joining the ABC News Investigative Unit in December, 2019, she helped lead investigative and consumer reporting teams at stations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Raleigh, North Carolina.  


Ticket Price

  • Free for current IRE members. You must still go through the ticketing/registration process so Zoom info can be sent prior to the webinar

Location

The workshop will be held online via Zoom, registered attendees will receive login information before the webinar.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


January 17


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2:00 PM

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Campaign finance reporting isn’t just a matter of looking at donors and spending reports; you’re covering a system of individual and institutional behaviors and relationships. In this webinar, you’ll discover new ways of thinking about money in politics and learn about ways to find great stories. This will mainly focus on federal stories but we’ll also talk about the state and local levels, so bring your questions.


Date and Time

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 1-2 p.m. (ET)


Speakers

Derek Willis, University of Maryland
Derek Willis is a lecturer in data and computational journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where he teaches classes on data analysis and related topics. He previously covered campaign finance for ProPublica, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly.


Ticket Price

  • Free for current IRE members. You must still go through the ticketing/registration process so Zoom info can be sent prior to the webinar

Location

The workshop will be held online via Zoom, registered attendees will receive login information before the webinar.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


January 18


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2:00 PM

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IRE is hosting its first listening session for LGBTQ+ members and allies on Jan 18 at 12pm CST via Zoom. This event aims to foster an open dialogue and understanding of the unique experiences and concerns within IRE’s LGBTQ+ community, as we seek to better serve our LGBTQ+ membership. This is also an opportunity to share with IRE leadership ideas and feedback on how we can better support you and the LGBTQ+ community. IRE recently formed its first-ever LGTBQ+ membership subcommittee, which will be tackling some of the issues and ideas generated from this event. 

Participants can submit questions anonymously to this Google Form before the event, or speak directly to a group of IRE staff, board members and LGBTQ+ volunteers. Anyone attending this session should be respectful of other participants and abide by IRE’s Code of Conduct.

If there are any accessibility needs we can accommodate, please email logistics@ire.org at least a week before the event. We will provide closed captioning within Zoom and have a private-chat option for people who would rather communicate non-verbally.

Speakers include:

  • Danny McArthur, Gulf States Newsroom (LGBTQ+ Subcommittee Member) - MODERATOR
  • Olivia Sanchez, The Hechinger Report (LGBTQ+ Subcommittee Chair)
  • Josh Hinkle, KXAN (IRE Board Vice President, Member Services Committee Chair)
  • Diana Fuentes, IRE (Executive Director)
  • Francisco Vara-Orta, IRE (Director of Diversity & Inclusion)
  • Adam Rhodes, IRE (Training Director)

Date and Time

Thursday, January 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET)


Ticket Price

  • Free for current IRE members. You must still go through the ticketing/registration process so Zoom info can be sent before the session.

Location

The session will be held online via Zoom, registered attendees will receive login information before the webinar.


December 12, 2023


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When an Oklahoma county’s officials were caught on a secret recording of racist rants and details about the deaths of journalists this year, a father/son editor/reporter duo’s subsequent coverage led to major shifts in government power – and brought safety and legal risks their newsroom had to learn to navigate fast. Join IRE’s inaugural “Managing Investigators” lunch-and-learn webinar for a Q&A with these McCurtain Gazette journalists, moderated by Kat Stafford. This management webinar series will continue in the spring and is free and open to any IRE member – especially those who currently, or aspire to, lead investigators.


Date and Time

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 1-2 p.m. (ET)


Speakers

Kat Stafford, Reuters - moderator
Kat Stafford is Reuters' global race and justice editor. An award-winning journalist, Stafford has received several honors for work, including the National Press Club Journalism Institute’s 2023 Neil and Susan Sheehan Award for Investigative Journalism. She is a former vice president of IRE's Board of Directors and has held several leadership roles at other journalism organizations. Stafford is a leading voice on newsroom representation and equitable storytelling.

Bruce Willingham, McCurtain Gazette
Bruce began his career in 1970 as a student editor-in-chief at Asheville School’s “The Ashnoca” newspaper. He continued to pursue journalism at the University of North Carolina then later as a reporter and manager at various Oklahoma newspapers, including the Broken Bow News and the McCurtain Gazette — both of which he has served as owner and publisher since 1988. Among other highlights, his investigative work resulted in the removal of the entire Choctaw Electric Cooperative board.

Chris Willingham, McCurtain Gazette
Chris's first job was as a paperboy delivering the McCurtain Gazette to downtown Idabel businesses. After graduating from Oklahoma City University, Chris and his wife moved back to his hometown where they took over the positions of police beat reporter and news, copy and layout editor, respectively. When McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office leadership became the subject of his investigations, he withstood months of intimidation as he fought to expose corruption inside the agency.


Ticket Price

  • Free for current IRE members. You must still go through the ticketing/registration process so Zoom info can be sent prior to the webinar

Location

The workshop will be held online via Zoom, registered attendees will receive login information before the webinar.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


October 20, 2023


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October 21, 2023

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Co-sponsored by: ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, IRE and NBCU Academy

Click here to see the full schedule

Elevate your investigative and data skills by joining IRE for a day and a half of professional development training at Arizona State University on October 20 and 21, 2023.

This workshop will have something for everyone — whether you're a reporter, student, editor, educator, producer, freelancer or all of the above and then some — you'll be guaranteed a plethora of new tips, tricks, and skills for your tool belt, ideas for your next story and connections with some of the top investigative and data journalists in the country.

And you’ve got options! Join us on Friday morning to learn the power of spreadsheets, all day Saturday to hear from award-winning investigative and data journalists, or both days to give your career the ultimate boost. A current IRE membership is required to attend any portion of the workshop.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 20 (half-day of spreadsheets training) and from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. For Friday's hands-on training, you must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to participate in this class, and you will need a free Google account to participate.

Space is limited at this event; register early to secure your spot.


Workshop Fees

$75 - Professional

$25 - Students

$30 - Optional hands-on training Friday morning (additional fee, seating is limited, Saturday registration is not required to sign up)

All attendees must be current IRE members. To purchase tickets, you need to log into your member profile. If you are not a current member, the "Get Tickets" box will appear empty. You should renew your membership or apply to join IRE before purchasing an event ticket.


Location

The workshop will be held at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication located at 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Friday's hands-on training will take place at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Saturday's workshop will take place in Morgan Murphy Media / Elizabeth Murphy Burns and Richard Burns Theater, Cronkite 202.

Parking is available in University Center Garage. Rates (Monday through Sunday, 24 hours).

  • 1 hour or less — $4. Maximum rate: $16.
  • 1-2 hours — $8.
  • 2-3 hours — $12.
  • 3-4 hours — $16.

Pay machines — exit lanes and walk-up accessible — accept MasterCard and Visa. No visitor motorcycle parking in Fulton Center, Tyler Street and Packard Drive South garages.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. All cancellations must be in writing. There is a $50 processing fee for all cancellations until October 13. After that date, requests for refunds will be considered case by case. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Recording Notice

All IRE events are subject to being photographed, video/audio-recorded, screen captured and/or live-streamed. Attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors may be captured via these formats. All conference sessions, materials and activities are subject to recording by IRE and may be reproduced in part or whole, and distributed or used in any way consistent with IRE’s mission.


Questions

For questions about registration or general conference questions, please contact logistics@ire.org.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


April 22, 2023


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April 23, 2023

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Join this regional training event in Las Vegas on April 22-23, 2023, the first IRE Jeff German Investigative Workshop.

The workshop honors Jeff German, a longtime Review-Journal reporter who was killed outside his home in Las Vegas on Sept. 2. A county official who was the subject of German’s reporting earlier in the year is charged with murder in German’s death.

Highlighting the extraordinary circumstances of picking up the pieces of an ongoing story when vital material has been seized by police and personal and source emotions are running high, sessions will feature several of the late German’s colleagues. Other speakers will focus on finding, cultivating and protecting sources; watchdog story ideas; and public records and data to request for (almost) any beat. 

Click here to see the full schedule and list of speakers.

As an add-on to the workshop, Michael Scott Davidson of Newsweek will teach a class introducing Google Sheets on Sunday morning, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The special three-hour, hands-on class would benefit all reporters and editors seeking to learn how to make numbers tell the story. This class requires an additional fee along with workshop registration.

The workshop is co-sponsored by IRE, the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV and the Las Vegas Review-Journal and is supported by the Jeff German Fund for Investigative Journalism. The fund was established shortly after German’s death through contributions by the Review-Journal and Arnold Ventures along with the IRE Board of Directors and staff as well as more than 100 individual donors from across the country.

Workshop Fees

$75 - Professional

$25 - Students

$40 - Optional hands-on training Sunday morning (you must be registered for Saturday's workshop to attend, seating is limited)

All attendees must be current IRE members. To purchase tickets, you need to log into your member profile. If you are not a current member, the "Get Tickets" box will appear empty. You should renew your membership or apply to join IRE before purchasing an event ticket.


Location

The workshop will be held at the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV.

Greenspun Hall (link to location on Google Maps) - located on the main UNLV campus.

Saturday's workshop will take place in the Auditorium

Sunday's class will take place in Greenspun Hall in Room GUA1125.

Parking is available in the student union parking lot, north of Greenspun Hall. A campus map can be found here. Visitors can park in staff parking spaces on the weekends, do not park in reserved parking only spots.


Cancellation policy

Cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. All cancellations must be in writing. There is a $50 processing fee for all cancellations until April 14. After that date, requests for refunds will be considered case by case. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Recording Notice

All IRE events are subject to being photographed, video/audio-recorded, screen captured and/or live-streamed. Attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors may be captured via these formats. All conference sessions, materials and activities are subject to recording by IRE and may be reproduced in part or whole, and distributed or used in any way consistent with IRE’s mission.


Questions

For questions about registration or general conference questions, please contact logistics@ire.org.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


April 11, 2023


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Are you thinking of becoming a freelancer but wonder what obstacles and challenges you will deal with? 

Come to this IRE webinar and find out: 

  • How to pitch an investigation
  • Who to pitch to and when
  • Dealing with contracts
  • Negotiating pay for a project
  • Finding documents on a budget
  • Building your team of success (lawyers, story contacts, etc)

Whether you’re out there by choice or necessity, learn from freelancing experts on how they've been able to become their own boss.


Date and Time

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 from 1-2 p.m. (ET)


Speakers

Jordan Gass-Pooré - Independent Journalist, Creator/Host, Hazard NJ podcast (NJ Spotlight News/NJ PBS)

Sonali Kohli, Senior Recruiter, URL Media

Laird Townsend, Director, Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE)

Rebecca Aguilar, freelance journalist/educator (moderator)


Ticket Price

  • Free for IRE members. You must still go through the ticketing/registration process so Zoom info can be sent prior to the workshop

Location

The workshop will be held online via Zoom, attendees will receive login information before the workshop.



Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


March 10, 2023


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4:00 PM

Learn how to make your investigative writing compelling and powerful on March 10 during this master class from 1-4 p.m. (ET). We cover everything from defining an investigative narrative to how to report, organize, write and self-edit your own!

Topics include:

  • Understanding the investigative narrative
  • How to pitch
  • Turning sources into characters
  • Writing a scene
  • Self-editing tips and techniques
  • Organizing and writing a deeply reported investigative narrative

Date and Time

Friday, March 10 from 1-4 p.m. (ET)


Speakers

Bethany Barnes, Tampa Bay Times

Rebecca Woolington, Tampa Bay Times


Tickets

You must be an IRE member to attend the master class and logged into your member profile to purchase tickets. If you are not a current member, the "Get Tickets" box will appear empty. You should renew your membership or apply to join IRE before purchasing an event ticket.


Ticket Price

$45 (all IRE membership types)


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $10 processing fee for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event.


Location

The workshop will be held online via Zoom, attendees will receive login information before the workshop.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.

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