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IRE Watchdog Workshop

This all-day, IRE Watchdog Workshop will recharge the investigative batteries of veteran journalists and kick-start journalists who are new to watchdog reporting. Reporters, editors and producers return to their newsrooms with:
-Hard-hitting story ideas.
-Databases and documents to explore on their beat.
-Useful websites and strategies for using Internet tools such as wikis, blogs and robots.
-Techniques for more effective sourcing and interviewing.
-Advice on how to bulletproof stories for accuracy.
-Tips on dealing with freedom of information laws and public records in their state.
-Topic-specific training that changes depending on the news of the day and the needs of local news organizations.

Top-notch investigative journalists from around the country team with IRE trainers to provide a workshop filled with inspiration as well as tangible tips and resources. Previous speakers have included reporters and editors from The New York Times, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post.

Additional Supporting Materials


  1. Where do I find public data?
  2. When my open records request is denied, what strategies can I use to get my documents and data?
  3. I'm not an investigative reporter. Where do I start to dig?
  4. I don't have time to do in-depth investigative work. I'm a daily beat reporter. How can I do quick-hit watchdog stories and where can I find ideas?
  5. How do I dig deeper on the Web beyond a simple Google search?



Megan Luther, Training Director, IRE

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