Friday, February 26, 2016

Free Watchdog Reporting Workshop from IRE, SPJ, NECIR

Northwest Journalists,

I’m reaching out from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting to share a great opportunity for journalists from your newsroom to apply to a free two-day watchdog reporting training in May.

Thanks to a grant from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Society for Professional Journalists is working with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting to offer a two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshop.

We're looking for two reporters, editors or producers from your newsroom who you believe have the desire and the potential to do in-depth investigative stories. No previous investigative reporting experience necessary. This workshop will teach the basics including how to mine the internet for information that leads to compelling stories, how to crunch data, how to conduct an investigative interview and how to investigate businesses and nonprofits.

If your team is chosen, they will be given ongoing consultation after the training to help you complete a story or investigative project. Please note: Preference will be given to newsroom teams, but individual applicants and freelance journalists are encouraged to apply.

Our 2016 Portland workshop will be held at the University of Oregon’s Portland center May 4-5.

The sessions and the follow-up training are free, thanks to the support from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. You'll be responsible for any travel costs.

To nominate a team for this opportunity, complete this form. The deadline for the Portland workshop is April 1, 2016.

If you’d like any more information, please let me know.

Thank you!


Jillian Saftel
Training Manager
New England Center for Investigative Reporting

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Friday, February 12, 2016

SPJ Contest Deadline Extended to Feb. 20

From the desk of Ethan Chung, SPJ's Region 10 Director:

BREAKING NEWS: Contest deadline extended!

To help everyone get their entries completed in time, we’ve extended the 2015 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest deadline to Saturday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. PST.

For more details on the rules and guidelines, visit the contest website or contact our contest committee. Please read instructions carefully before entering the contest.

We are also still accepting volunteers to help judge out-of-state contest entries. Sign up with this Google form.

We look forward to seeing your great work. Good luck!

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