Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) training is being held for Digital First Media journalists in Las Cruces, New Mexico this week. Participating journalists have been asked to tweet takeaways throughout the sessions via the hashtag #IRENM. Follow along on Twitter, or right here. If you have any questions, reach out to these journalists on Twitter. Schedule is in Mountain Time and is subject to change.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Hands-on 2.0 | Learn about Pivot Tables and importing into Excel
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. | Paper and database trails | Advice on developing a documents state of mind, understanding records retention schedules, exploring key records on a variety of beats, and becoming familiar with key national data sets to produce high-impact local stories.
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Lunch | chat, eat, ask questions
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. | Backgrounding | How to organize and tools to use when backgrounding people
12:45 - 1:15 p.m. | Watchdog for a beat | How to integrate watchdog into your daily beat. Tips on time management, organization and daily watchdog stories.
1:30 - 2 p.m. Fostering a watchdog culture in the newsroom | An interactive exercise to identify your newsroom’s vision for watchdog journalism, the obstacles holding you back, ideas for producing more investigative work, and personal responsibility and goals for each participant.
2:15-2:45 p.m. | What IRE can do for you | Resources, data and consultation during the next six months.
3 - 4 p.m. | Breakout session to brainstorm and develop local stories
4 - 5 p.m. | Individual consultations