IRE is bringing its highly rated Better Watchdog Workshop to the University of Minnesota with core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, point you to key documents that will help you produce quick-hit enterprise stories and give you tips on the best approaches when conducting interviews or developing sources. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on how to bulletproof stories, how to deal with freedom of information laws and public records, and useful Web sites and strategies for using Internet tools such as wikis, blogs, robots and RSS feeds.
These sessions are designed for reporters, editors and producers from small, midsize and large publications and TV stations and Web-only news sites and news blogs. Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.
An optional half-day, hands-on workshop on Sept. 30 will show you how Excel for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, and election data. Also learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories.
Register at IRE's Website.