2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop: Upping your game

IRE’s TV Watchdog Workshops are going virtual in 2021, allowing us to reach more journalists and keep everyone safe during the pandemic. These half-day workshops are open to IRE members and will focus on tips and techniques for journalists working in television news.

We’ll offer several sessions to improve your ability to produce watchdog and enterprise stories for broadcast as well as time to network with other attendees. Learn how to frame every story with a watchdog lens, master the art of pitching an investigative story, and get tips on how to request records when you only have 10 minutes.

Expected speakers include Samah Assad, WBBM Chicago; Nicole Carr, WSB Atlanta; Patti DiVincenzo, IRE/NICAR; Eric Flack, WUSA Washington, D.C.; Cindy Galli, ABC News; and Ashley Graham, WBBH Fort Meyers. 

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

Workshop Fees 

$35, which includes a one-year IRE membership or renewal for the first 500 people to sign up for any of the workshops. Regular membership price is $70/year for professionals and $25/year for students. Memberships/renewals will be processed after the event, and attendees must meet IRE membership requirements to qualify. Each person can receive only one membership/renewal for the 2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop series.


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" found below.

Cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $10 processing fee for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event. 


The workshop will be held online via Zoom, and attendees will receive login information several days before the workshop.

Time and place

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 12:00pm.

Schedule details

  • Panel


    Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

    Introduction to the IRE TV Watchdog Workshop and brief overview of resources available to support our TV watchdog network.


    12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

  • Panel

    Every beat can be investigative

    Speakers: Nicole Carr of WSB-Atlanta; Ashley Graham of WBBH-Fort Myers

    Want to know how to frame your story ideas with a watchdog lens? Need ideas on how to dig deeper into your daily reporting? Join this session to get tips on how to make every day a watchdog day.


    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

  • Panel

    Informal networking/break

    Take a break or grab a snack and spend time getting to know your fellow IRE members during this informal networking session.


    1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

  • Panel

    Records to request when you have 10 minutes

    Speaker: Samah Assad of CBS/WBBM Chicago

    Get your notebook ready for this session on requesting documents from the government. You'll come away with a list of ideas for records to request to keep those investigative stories coming.


    1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

  • Panel

    Perfecting your watchdog story pitch

    Speakers: Eric Flack of WUSA9 Washington; Cindy Galli of ABC News

    Reporters and producers: Join this session to learn tried and true tips and tricks on how to get your boss to accept your pitch. Managers and editors: Join this session to learn how to wade through the pitch to get to the meat of the story and help guide your reporters from pitch to production to air.


    2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

  • Panel

    What IRE can do for you

    Speaker: Patti DiVincenzo of IRE and NICAR

    Explore key resources and services from IRE to help you bolster your watchdog reporting after the workshop.


    3:45 pm - 4:00 pm