TV Watchdog Resources

This portal is part of a collaboration between Knight Foundation and IRE to bolster watchdog journalism in local TV news. 

 

Upcoming TV Workshops:

  • Stay tuned for more updates on TV workshops in 2020

I-Team Toolkit Newsletter

Sign up for our monthly newsletter specifically for broadcast journalists. I-Team Toolkit features quick-turn story ideas, data tips, reporting resources and more.

Want to be considered for a feature? Send your recent broadcast investigation to [email protected].

Download PDFs of past issues:

2020: January | February | March

2019: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

2018: AprilMay | June | July | August | September | October | November | December


Tipsheets & Audio

We’re gathering resources from our TV workshops below.

Detroit (October 2019)

Click here for all the resources from sessions at this workshop, including:

  • Watchdog state of mind
  • Digging into public records
  • Breaking news exercise
  • Art of the investigative interview
  • Digital Detective work

Denver (Sept. 2019)

Click here for all the resources from sessions at this workshop, including:

  • This just in: An interactive exercise in breaking news
  • How to be a digital detective
  • Digging into public records
  • Art of the interview
  • From roadmap to test-drive: Putting our skills to the test

Philadelphia (April 2019)

  • 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

Seattle (April 2019)

  • Tony Kovaleski and Patti DiVincenzo | 30 stories in 60 minutes | tipsheet
  • Patti DiVincenzo | Turning data into TV and online gold | tipsheet
  • Tony Kovaleski and Linda Byron | Art of the investigative interview | tipsheet
  • Katherine George and Susannah Frame | Prying loose public records | tipsheet
  • Katherine George and Susannah Frame | Prying loose public records | slides
  • Katherine George and Susannah Frame | Prying loose public records | records request sample letter
  • Tony Kovaleski and Linda Byron | Art of the investigative interview – slides | slides
  • Denise Malan | Social media search and verification | tipsheet

Baltimore (Sept. 2018)

Part of the National Excellence in Journalism conference

  • Catherine Rentz | Digital storytelling | tipsheet
  • Tisha Thompson | Prying loose public records | tipsheet
  • Megan Christie |Digital storytelling | tipsheet
  • Jill Riepenhoff | 30 stories in 60 minutes | tipsheet
  • Doug Haddix | Digital sleuthing | tipsheet
  • Ralph K.M. Haurwitz | Investigating dam safety | tipsheet

Dallas (Sept. 2018)

Looking for more? You can also browse the tipsheet and audio libraries.


Fellowships & Scholarships

Check our Fellowships & Scholarships page for a complete list

of awards and deadlines. The following awards apply specifically to broadcasters:

R-CAR FELLOWSHIPS

  • Provides assistance to attend: CAR Boot Camp at the University of Missouri.
  • Who is eligible? U.S.-based professional journalists who work outside of a metro area (with a core urban population of 50,000 or more) for a newspaper with less than a circulation of 40,000, a television station outside of the top 100 Nielsen markets, or a radio or online news organization with a record of covering rural areas. Students are not eligible.

KNIGHT TV DATA FELLOWSHIPS

  • Provides assistance to attend: CAR Boot Camp at the University of Missouri and the annual CAR Conference.
  • Who is eligible? U.S.-based TV professional journalists. The recipient must commit to not only attending a five-day boot camp, but also to attending the annual CAR conference and to utilizing the complimentary IRE data services. Students are not eligible

NAPOLI MANAGEMENT GROUP TV SCHOLARSHIP

  • Provides assistance to attend: The annual IRE Conference.
  • Who is eligible? Early-career (ten years or less) TV journalists interested in investigative reporting.

HOLLY WHISENHUNT STEPHEN FELLOWSHIP

  • Provides assistance to attend: CAR Boot Camp at the University of Missouri.
  • Who is eligible? Professional TV and/or radio journalists. Students are not eligible.