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Mid-America Press Institute annouces investigative reporting program

The program is set for Mid-America Press Institute’s investigative reporting seminar June 8-9 at the University of Illinois College of Media, 810 Wright St., Urbana.

Journalists may attend either or both days of the two-day seminar, which will be led by Brant Houston, the Knight Foundation Chair of Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the U of I.

Registration for MPI members is $25 for those attending just the first day and $50 for those attending both days. Non-members are welcome but registration is $10 more. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu.

Thursday, June 8

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Introductions and overview of watchdog and data journalism 

10 a.m. break

10:15 a.m. - The document trail: Strategies for gathering best documents and databases for daily and long range stories.

11:15 a.m. - Break

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - The people trail: Tips for cultivating and interviewing sources.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch and open discussion on watchdog reporting

1:30 p..m. Strategies for effectively using the Freedom of Information Act

1:45 p.m. - Break

2 p.m. - Doing better online searches whether for documents, Web sites, or social media

3 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Writing and Fact Checking your investigative story

4 p.m. - Break

4:15 p.m. (Optional) - Using spreadsheets (Excel) to find and reinforce watchdog reporting

5:15 pm. - End of day

 

Friday:

Hands-on training (There will be short breaks)

9 a.m. - Overview of data and journalism - How do data stories quickly

10 a.m. - Finding and downloading data 

11 a.m. - Sorting and filtering data to find stories

Noon - Calculations in spreadsheets that will reveal stories

1 p.m. Lunch

2:30  p.m. (Optional) - Hands-on training on finding and doing stories using Illinois and national data

3:30 pm. End of day

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