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IRE workshops offer affordable, accessible training from top-notch investigative journalists and IRE trainers. These events are filled with inspiration as well as tangible tips, resources and networking opportunities. 

We offer several types of workshops. Check the upcoming events below for the latest information.

Online Master Classes

Online Master Classes are half-day, interactive workshops that take a deep dive into a particular investigative skill such as public records and information verification. Master Classes are $35 and require IRE membership.

Online TV Watchdog Workshops

TV Watchdog Workshops are online, half-day events geared towards broadcast reporters, producers and news directors. IRE will host four TV Watchdog Workshops online in the first half of 2021. These workshops cost $35 and include a one-year IRE membership for new members or a renewal for current members.

Thanks to Knight Foundation for funding the TV Watchdog Workshop series.

Watchdog Workshops

Watchdog Workshops are regional events held across the country each year in cities large and small. Sessions provide a strong foundation in investigative journalism, including fighting for public records, interviewing, narrative writing and web sleuthing.

Watchdog Workshops will return to our training schedule as soon as it is safe to gather in person again after the coronavirus pandemic. 

Thanks to the Inasmuch Foundation for their longtime support of the Watchdog Workshop series.

Upcoming Events:

Online Master Class: Editing & bulletproofing the data story

September 30 @ 1:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | September 30 from 1 to 4 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $35

Managing a data project presents challenges for any editor. No matter your comfort level with data, this session will give you the foundation you need to help make sure your reporters aren't running with scissors or spinning their wheels on data projects. Two veteran editors, Jennifer LaFleur of The Center for Public Integrity and Maud Beelman of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, will guide you through the ins and outs of data journalism from an editor's point of view, including helping reporters find focus for their data stories, being skeptical of data and finding potential pitfalls. Don't miss this half-day workshop with Maud Beelman, Executive Editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, ASU and Jennifer LaFleur, Senior Editor at The Center for Public Integrity.


Online Master Class: Outlining and structure - The writer's missing manual

October 28 @ 9:30 AM

Current IRE membership required | October 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 am (ET) | Tickets cost $35

Outlining might be the single best thing you can do to make you a better, faster writer. This isn't the roman numeral outlining your middle school teacher taught you. We'll take a story from the ground up, showing how early considerations about structure and framing develop into a draft. We’ll discuss how to avoid the most common pitfalls and make the editing process less painful. Don't miss this two-hour workshop with Matt Apuzzo from The New York Times.


Meet Your IRE Expert

Patti DiVincenzo
Patti DiVincenzo

Patti DiVincenzo has spent more than three decades working in TV stations across the country, starting in Topeka, Kansas, and eventually landing at WSB-TV in Atlanta, where she was an investigative producer and data specialist for 16 years. A long-time member of IRE, she joined the staff as a training director in February 2019. DiVincenzo earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.

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