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Wednesday, August 13 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
IRE's Watchdog Workshop LIMITED

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Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Watchdog Workshops offer tips, tools and training that you can use immediately to add depth to your work, from breaking news coverage to quick-turn enterprise and long-term projects. IRE’s Watchdog Workshop will help reporters, editors and producers return to their newsrooms with hard-hitting story ideas, websites and online resources, lists of key documents, techniques for more effective reporting, ways to use the web and social media to find information, and insight into the latest technology for newsgathering. Building on last year’s success, IRE’s all-day workshop this year will cover a variety of topics from public records to reporting in minority communities.

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Using the web as an investigative tool

What reporters and editors need to know, from better search techniques to the invisible Web, how to find documents and databases on deadline and where to find reliable Web sites for enterprise stories. We will discuss how to effectively search on the Web, and handling issues of credibility of online sources and ethics when using online information. 

Welcome speech: Kate Marymont, senior vice president of news, Gannett

Speakers: Megan Luther, trainer, IRE; Lisa Song, reporter, InsideClimate


10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Quick Hits/10 Investigations You can Start Next Week

Investigative pieces don’t always have to be lengthy projects. If you get your hands on the right information, especially data sets, you can report a quick and effective story. Speakers will share tips and tools to use to access databases across beats and topics, and the types of investigative stories that could come out of them. 

Speakers: Megan Luther, trainer, IRE; Ron Lin, investigative reporter, Los Angeles Times 


1-2:15pm Public Records & You

They’re the public’s records, yet it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get them. How to be effective in legally compelling government agencies for public records – and how to work through the pushback. 

Speakers: Brad Heath, investigative reporter, USA Today; Barbara Wall, vice president of general counsel, Gannett; Michelle Ye Hee Lee (moderator), investigative reporter, The Arizona Republic 


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Covering minority communities

Investigative reporting on issues that affect minority issues can be nuanced, and have unique challenges. How do you get community members to talk publicly on sensitive issues that could create blowback for an already disenfranchised group of people? How do you find credible sources and information where they may be hard to find? How do you navigate cultural sensitivities?

Speakers: Anh Do, reporter, The Los Angeles Times; Richard Lui, anchor, MSNBC


3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Bulletproofing your work

How to plan reporting and editing to build an airtight methodology that even people being written about will agree is solid. Make sure your investigations can withstand intense scrutiny and unexpected blowback. How to use documents, sources and data to do authoritative investigations. Hear tips on how to stay organized while fact checking and editing throughout the process so there are no last-minute surprises.

Speakers: Lisa Song, reporter, InsideClimate; Brad Heath, investigative reporter, USA Today

Registration closes at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.


Brad Heath

Investigative Reporter, USA Today
Brad Heath is an investigative reporter at USA TODAY. His work includes award-winning investigations of misconduct by federal prosecutors and industrial air pollution around the nation's schools. Before joining USA TODAY, he was an enterprise writer for The Detroit News and was the... Read More →

Lisa Song

Reporter, InsideClimate News
(@lisalsong) Lisa Song is a reporter at InsideClimate News who covers oil sands, pipeline safety and natural gas drilling. She was part of the team that wrote the series "The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of," which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for... Read More →

Wednesday August 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Meeting Room 12, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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