Los Angeles Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshop April 9-10, 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.

The workshop will include the Selden Ring Award Luncheon. The Selden Ring Award underscores the critical importance of investigative journalism in today's society. The $35,000 prize recognizes published investigative reporting that has brought results. The keynote speaker at this year’s luncheon is Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist.

Register online

Download a form (PDF)


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

Online registration closes at 5 p.m., April 1. After this date, pending space availability, registrants may print out a copy of the pdf registration form and bring it to on-site registration.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be sent via e-mail to Amy Johnston, amy@ire.org. 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 Saturday, April 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.


University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (pdf map)
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Friday: Davidson Conference Center, 3415 S. Figueroa St., in the Board Room, Second Floor
Saturday: Salvatori Computer Science Center, 941 Bloom Walk, in Room SAL 126
Parking: Parking Structure X (PSX), enter at Gate 3, Figueroa St. and McCarthy Way. Parking is $8.
Hotel Recommentations

Radisson Midtown Los Angeles Hotel (across the street from USC)
3540 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
213-748-4141 (phone)

Vagabond Inn
3101 S. Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA 90007