Events and Training


This is your newsroom’s opportunity to have intense, in-house investigative training for free. IRE is bringing back its popular Total Newsroom Training program. Applications are now closed. Please check back in February 2016. 


What TNT from IRE offers

Total Newsroom Training is designed to increase the ability of your news organization to provide watchdog and enterprise coverage for your community and to produce work that can lead to changes and improvements in those communities.

For two days we provide custom training in your newsroom, based on the needs of your organization. We’ll provide hands-on training using Microsoft Excel and Access for spreadsheet and data analysis, as well as other database management software. TNT presentations and discussions may include:

  • Finding information online
  • Key government documents
  • Examining businesses and nonprofits
  • How to obtain public records
  • Ethical decisions in investigative reporting
  • Getting what you need out of sources
  • Conducting quick-hit investigations
  • Ensuring accuracy

IRE works with reporters and editors to help them launch stories and projects. This can involve brainstorming, story planning, sourcing, etc. We will also be available to consult with reporters, editors and producers from the news organizations in the months following training.


Application Process

To apply, complete this form by Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 11 pm CDT. We want to ensure that we work with news organizations that not only desire to do better work, but are committed to the effort. The application process requires the following information:

  • An explanation from the executive editor or news director demonstrating his or her commitment to doing more in-depth work and a commitment to freeing staff to attend the training
  • Three examples of what the applicant believes is the organization’s best work from the past year
  • Three possible story/project/subject ideas you'd like to tackle
  • Please include the number of staff who will be attending the training
  • Please include your circulation size or market number



Please note that winning newsrooms will need to provide a projector, laptops/computers for attendees and be committed to allowing a significant portion of the staff to attend the two full days of training. The winning newsrooms will attend a webinar after training to showcase their work. 

Dates of the training will take place in 2015 and will be coordinated with the winning newsrooms and trainer. 



The program is meant to help small to medium-size news organizations improve the depth of their coverage, and is open to organizations meeting the following criteria:

  • For newspapers and magazines, circulation of 100,000 and below
  • For broadcast, markets below the Top 20
  • For online-only organizations, sites with local or regional audiences


For questions, please contact Training Director Megan Luther at or 605-999-9644.


Share your work with us

We want to see the work you've produced after IRE training. Send us a link via Twitter, Facebook or Email. We'll feature your watchdog work here and on our investigative blog, Extra Extra.