Chicago Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshop April 10-11, 2010

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Join us for an exciting program funded by the McCormick Foundation and in collaboration with New America Media and the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois. This workshop will be presented by Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Schedule and
Expected Speakers
Ethnic media watchdog workshops help journalists sharpen their skills, learn new approaches and add depth to their reporting. Award-winning journalists from around the country volunteer their time to provide training on topics such as the 2010 census, criminal justice, the economy, education, health care, immigration and local government. Hands-on spreadsheet software training also will be offered.

Journalists leave the workshops armed with information about documents, databases and sources that they can begin using immediately to produce high-impact enterprise and investigative stories. Participants also receive a complimentary one-year IRE membership, which enables them to access thousands of journalism tipsheets and other training materials for continuing professional development.

Participants will be better equipped to provide enhanced coverage of their communities, benefiting audiences that are growing in size and influence across the United States.


Professional journalists: $10; Students $10. Fees include a 1-year IRE membership.

Click here to register online. Online registration closes at 5 p.m., April 2. After this date, pending space availability, registrants may print out a copy of the pdf registration form and bring it to on-site registration.
Download a form (PDF)
Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be sent via e-mail to Amy Johnston, There is a $10 processing fee for professionals and $5 for students for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after, the event.

Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel spreadsheets for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, and Census data. Also learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories.

This optional session is Sunday, April 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited 20. Advance registration is required.


Columbia College
33 E. Congress Parkway
Chicago, Ill. 60605

Saturday: Columbia College — Room 219
Sunday: Columbia College — Room 213
Parking: There is a paid lot directly south of the building and one east across the street.
Hotel Recommentations

Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Ill., 60605
312-992-4400 (phone)

The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe St.
Chicago, Ill., 60603