The investigative interview

  • Event: 2019 Chicago Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Michael Berens of Thomson Reuters; Raquel Rutledge of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:30pm
  • Location: 1st Floor Conaway Center
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Watchdog stories pose special challenges, including how best to prep for interviews, approach sources, handle tough situations, navigate ethical trouble-spots and more. Learn how to master the interview to hold your sources accountable. Seasoned watchdog journalists also will provide tips on preventing your sources from hijacking and controlling the interview.

Speaker Bios

  • Michael J. Berens is a investigative reporter on the national team at Thomson Reuters. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 2012, and has been a finalist three times, most recently in 2017, among many national honors. Newspaper ink runs his blood - The Columbus Dispatch, The Seattle Times & Chicago Tribune. He began as a copy boy, grabbing papers off the press, delivering the editor's lunch, and setting up the office Christmas tree.

  • Raquel Rutledge is an investigative reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where she covers a variety of subjects from health and science to crime and taxes. Her investigation into fraud in Wisconsin’s day care subsidy program won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Rutledge was a 2012 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Her recent work includes investigating how a chemical know to cause lung disease is endangering coffee workers and e-cigarette users. @raquelrutledge

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