2019 Lexington Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: University of Kentucky School of Journalism & Media

IRE will offer several of its core sessions, designed to 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.

Expected speakers include R.G. Dunlop, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; Eleanor Klibanoff, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; Matt Mencarini, Louisville Courier-Journal; Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald-Leader; James Pilcher, The Cincinnati Enquirer; Claudia Vargas, The Philadelphia Inquierer; Paula Vasan, WHAS11; Cody Winchester, NICAR/IRE and more.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, October 5, 2019.

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

This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Optional Hands-on Spreadsheet Training

Sunday, October 6, 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.

Workshop Location

Saturday’s workshop will take place in Kincaid Auditorium at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Sunday’s optional session will take place in William T. Young Library, Room B-35. A campus map can be found here.

Parking

Parking is available on the street parking and in nearby parking garage for free on the weekends.

Workshop Fees (includes a one-year IRE membership, if you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

$55 Professional

$25 Student

$30 Optional hands-on spreadsheet training

Registration

Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" which can be found below. 

Cancellations must be sent via email to Susie Likovic, susie@ire.org.  There is a $25 processing fee for professionals ($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.

Workshop evaluations

Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

Time and place

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019

Gatton College of Business and Economics
550 S Limestone
Lexington, Kentucky 40506


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 12:00pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome/overview

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    Kincaid Auditorium - Univ. of Kentucky

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    How to become a public records ninja

    Speakers: Eleanor Klibanoff of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; James Pilcher of The Cincinnati Enquirer

    Learn how to use FOIA and state open-records laws to supercharge your reporting. Panelists will talk through the provisions of the laws, what you can get and what you can't, strategies for overcoming common roadblocks and techniques for building public records reporting into your daily routine.

    Kincaid Auditorium - Univ. of Kentucky

    9:15 am - 10:45 am

  • Panel

    Developing a watchdog mindset

    Speakers: Matt Mencarini of Louisville Courier-Journal; Beth Musgrave of Lexington Herald-Leader

    Develop a watchdog mindset and good reporting will follow. This session will offer helpful tips and strategies for building good watchdog habits.

    Kincaid Auditorium - Univ. of Kentucky

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Panel

    Nailing the investigative interview

    Speakers: R.G. Dunlop of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; Paula Vasan of WHAS11

    Hear proven strategies for successful accountability interviews. You'll get tips on how to prepare, how to approach sources, how to deal with ethical trouble spots and more.

    Kincaid Auditorium - Univ. of Kentucky

    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    Quick-hit investigations

    Speaker: Claudia Vargas of The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Strategies, resources and tips for developing solid enterprise stories that take days or weeks to turn, rather than months. Plus: organizational tips for juggling project work and your daily responsibilities.

    Kincaid Auditorium - Univ. of Kentucky

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Panel

    The web for watchdogs

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    An overview of key online resources for backgrounding people, verifying information, making basic data visualizations (no coding required!) and more.

    Kincaid Auditorium - Univ. of Kentucky

    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap up: What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR

    What can you do with an IRE membership?

    Kincaid Auditorium - Univ. of Kentucky

    5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional hands-on spreadsheet training (Lexington)

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a fairly simple but powerful spreadsheet application, to begin analyzing data for stories. We'll start from the beginning with basic formulas and work our way up to summarizing information using pivot tables and more. How do you think about data analysis as a journalist? How do you find the story within the columns and rows?

    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.

    B-35

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm