IRE: 2017 Des Moines Watchdog Workshop

IRE will bring its acclaimed Watchdog Workshop series to Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Sept. 30 hosted by the Des Moines Register.

Get a free one-year membership and all-day training on how to dig deeper.

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 building a watchdog culture, navigating FOI and open records laws, and digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and 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.

We’ll also offer optional computer-assisted reporting hands-on training Sunday, Oct. 1. These skills are crucial in a time when more and more data is available. You’ll learn how analyzing information with spreadsheets can better inform your reporting. The skills you’ll acquire can be put to work right away to helping you be a better watchdog. Seating is limited, so register early.

Registration includes a one-year IRE membership for attendees who meet the IRE membership terms and a one-year membership renewal for current IRE members. Some of the benefits included with IRE membership are access to reporting tipsheets, training resources and more. Please note that registration is limited, however, so sign up today.

Additional information including the schedule, pricing and registration details can be found here.

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