Investigative Reporters and Editors – Watchdog Workshop 9/24 – 9/25

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Watchdog Workshop

Scranton, PA – September 24 & 25, 2011

Hosted by the University of Scranton

IRE is bringing its highly rated Better Watchdog Workshop to Scranton, Pa.

We’ll offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, point you to key documents that will help you produce quick-hit enterprise stories and give you tips on the best approaches when conducting interviews or developing sources.

Schedule and
expected speakers

Coming soon.

In addition, this workshop will give you tips on how to bulletproof stories, how to deal with freedom of information laws and public records, and useful websites and strategies for using Internet tools such as wikis, blogs, robots and RSS feeds.

These sessions are designed for reporters, editors and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV and radio stations and Web-only news sites and news blogs. Join IRE’s experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Better Watchdog Workshop Sept. 24, with an extra half-day of hands-on computer-assisted reporting training on Sept. 25 for those who are interested.

Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limited seating is available so registration is required.


Professional journalists $55; Students $25. Fees include a one-year IRE membership.

Early registration will close at 5 p.m. (CST) on Friday, Sept. 16. After this date, participants can complete this registration form and bring it to the workshop to register on site.

Online registration.
Registration form (PDF) (Coming soon).

Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be sent via e-mail to Amy Johnston, . There is a $25 processing fee for professionals and $10 for students for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after, the event.

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel spreadsheets for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries and more. Learn basic but powerful functions including putting information in order, filtering out just what you need from a national or statewide data set, and doing math calculations such as change and percent change with large data sets.

This optional session is Sunday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $30 (in addition to workshop registration). Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.

Workshop Location

University of Scranton
Campus Map

310 Madison Avenue, Scranton, PA
Room — Pearn Auditorium located in Brennan Hall (Room 228)

Monroe & Linden Street, Scranton, PA
Room — 102 Hyland Hall

Parking Location

Parking is available in the Mulberry Street garage.

Recommended hotel

Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton
700 Lackawanna Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503

Hilton Scranton & Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue.
Scranton, PA 18503

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