Events and Training

2013 Salt Lake City Watchdog Workshop

Host: BYU - Department of Communications in conjunction with the Utah Association of Latino Journalists

IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Salt Lake City.

This training will offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more.

These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend. Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Friday, March 15.

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

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

Optional Hands-on Social Media Lab

Saturday, March 16, 1 - 4:30 p.m.

During this half day of hands-on training, participants will tackle: 

Twitter mechanics, strategy and apps - Learn the do's and don'ts of tweeting; master Twitter lists; and explore apps of particular use in news gathering and reporting.

LinkedIn 2.0 for deep reporting - Use the power of LinkedIn to mine stories, track businesses and organizations, uncover trends and find connections on any beat.  Find key sources on key topics in a particular city.

HootSuite social media management - Overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed by various social media accounts.  Create your own custom dashboard in HootSuite to take charge of your news feeds, learn how to schedule status updates and tweets in advance, and track your effectiveness with basic analytics. 

Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking

Surface parking is available in the back (west of the building) off of 400 West. Attendees will take a ticket for the lot that can be validated in the front office/library from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and in the library from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Workshop Fees

$55 Professional

$25 Student

$30 Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

$30 Optional Hands-on Social Media Lab

Registration Information

Early registration has closed but you can still register on-site at the workshop.

For any workshop questions, please contact training@ire.org or 573-882-2042.


Time and place

Friday, March 15, 2013 - Saturday, March 16, 2013

BYU - Salt Lake Center
3 Triad Center - Suite 300
345 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84180


Registration information

Registration for this event is open! Click here to begin.

Hurry! Registration closes on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m..


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Room 103

    9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

  • Panel

    Effective use of the Internet

    Speaker: Mark Horvit

    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 websites for enterprise stories.  The craft of better searching and not wasting time.  Handling issues of credibility and ethics online.

    Room 103

    9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

  • Panel

    The art of the interview

    Speaker: Nanci Wilson

    Learn the best ways to approach sources, prepare and handle the interview process.  Advice for conducting video interviews for your website.  Plenty of tips and strategies for handling tough situations, ethical trouble-spots, etc. 

    Room 103

    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Panel

    FOI/Open records

    Speakers: Joel Campbell, Nate Carlisle

    How to use federal and state laws.  How to write an open records request the right way.  How to appeal and challenge denials.  How to keep a steady flow of information and ideas coming into the newsroom by using FOI.

    Room 103

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Panel

    Social media sleuthing

    Speaker: Doug Haddix

    Dive deeper with advanced techniques and strategies for backgrounding people and companies with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, FourSquare and geolocation services. Explore new ways of connecting with your audience and showcasing your work with Pinterest and other social media sites.

    Room 103

    1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

  • Panel

    Investigating government

    Speaker: Brent Walth

    Techniques, ideas and resources for digging deep into local and state governments.  Learn how to cultivate sources and the stories that need to be investigated. 

    Room 103

    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Panel

    Quick-hit investigations

    Speaker: Mark Horvit

    Strategies, story ideas, resources and tips for watchdog stories on a variety of beats.  How to produce meaty enterprise stories that may take a few days or a few weeks rather than months.

    Room 103

    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Panel

    Wrapup/What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Mark Horvit

    Room 103

    5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Speaker: Mark Horvit

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more.  Also learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories.  Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.  

    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    Room 318

    9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Optional Hands-on Social Media Lab

    Speaker: Doug Haddix

    During this half day of hands-on training, participants will tackle:

    • Twitter mechanics, strategy and apps - Learn the do's and don'ts of tweeting; master Twitter lists; and explore apps of particular use in news gathering and reporting.
    • LinkedIn 2.0 for deep reporting - Use the power of LinkedIn to mine sources, track businesses and organizations, uncover trends and find connections on any beat.  Find key sources on key topics in a particular city.
    • HootSuite social media management - Overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed by various social media accounts.  Create your own custom dashboard in HootSuite to take charge of your news feeds, learn how to schedule status updates and tweets in advance, and track your effectiveness with basic analytics. 

    Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    Room 318

    1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.