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Workshops

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 TV Watchdog Workshop: Upping your game

January 9 - January 9

Join us on Saturday, Jan. 9 for an Online TV Watchdog Workshop! This half-day event is open to all television journalists and costs $35. Learn the fundamentals of investigative reporting to help you dig deeper, even on deadline.
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Online TV Watchdog Workshop: Legal workshop with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

January 22 - January 22

Join us on Friday, Jan. 22 for a TV Watchdog Workshop! This half-day event is open to all television journalists and costs $35. Learn how to navigate legal issues in your newsroom from media lawyers at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
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Online Master Class: Digital Investigations

February 19 @ 11:00 AM - February 19 @ 3:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | Feb. 19 from 11 am to 3 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $35

This workshop on will teach fundamental skills, tools, and techniques for conducting digital investigations. The workshop will mix demos with exercises for participants using tools that are free or reasonably priced. No computer programming or advanced technical skills are required.

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Online Master Class: Become a public records sleuth

March 17 @ 12:00 PM - March 17 @ 4:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | March 17 from noon to 4 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $35

This half-day workshop will cover the essentials for becoming a public records power sleuth – the key elements for mastering the art of access. The workshop will include breaks.

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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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