2020 Miami TV Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: WPLG-TV Local 10

IRE will offer several sessions to improve your ability to produce watchdog and enterprise stories for broadcast. Learn how to find and get key public records and data for stories that make a difference in your market. Master the art of the investigative interview. Get tips on quick-turn stories with an investigative edge. Learn to dig deeper online and via social media.

Expected speakers include Patti DiVincenzo, IRE & NICAR; Myriam Masihy, Telemundo 51; Al Tompkins, Poynter; Amy Viteri, WPLG-TV; and more.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran journalists for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, April 4.

This program is made possible thanks to support from the Knight Foundation.

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

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.

All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 for students) for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day. Cancellations void the membership included with the workshop registration.

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, Apr. 4, 2020

WPLG-TV Local 10
3401 W Hallandale Beach Blvd
Pembroke Park, Florida 33023


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Apr. 4 at 5:15pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome

    Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

    Rundown of what you'll learn today and key logistics about the meeting space.

    See printed schedule for room information

    9:00 am - 9:30 am

  • Panel

    Everyday watchdog

    Speaker: Myriam Masihy of Telemundo 51

    We'll discuss how to build watchdog work into your daily routine and produce meatier stories. We'll also give some real-world tips on time management, organization and focusing on enterprise, and talk through different scenarios to look for ways to make everyday stories more investigative.

    See printed schedule for room information

    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • Panel

    Don't bore me

    Speaker: Al Tompkins of Poynter

    You can have all the fancy graphics, interactives and chasing-bad-guys-down-the-hall video you want, but unless you connect with the public ... it’s just noise.

    See printed schedule for room information

    10:45 am - 12:00 pm

  • Outside Event

    See printed schedule for room information

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Panel

    Digging into public records

    Speaker: Amy Viteri of WPLG-TV

    Learn how to use federal and state open records laws to draft records requests the right way. We'll discuss ways to challenge denials and keep a steady flow of information coming into the newsroom with public records.

    See printed schedule for room information

    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Panel

    The ethical investigator

    Speaker: Al Tompkins of Poynter

    We'll cover issues such as how production techniques like lighting, slow motion and music affect your credibility, when to use contfrontational inverviews, the etchis of editing and the importance of context.

    See printed schedule for room information

    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Panel

    The web for watchdogs

    Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

    Tips on more effective web searches, how to find reliable information on deadline and for enterprise stories. The latest search engines, data sites and other practical information you can use immediately. Using free applications for mapping, timelines, and other reporting tools and visuals.

    See printed schedule for room information

    4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel

    What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

    Now that you’re an IRE member, learn how best to tap into tipsheets, data services, fellowships and other resources to ramp up your daily coverage.

    See printed schedule for room information

    5:00 pm - 5:15 pm