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2019 Milwaukee Watchdog Workshop

Hosted by: Marquette University

Investigative Reporters & Editors will offer several of its core sessions, designed to improve your ability to find information on the web quickly and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the web with social media, search engines and much more.

These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, online-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.

Expected speakers include: April Barker, Schott, Bublitz & Engel SC; Michael Berens, Thomson Reuters; Greg Borowski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Steve Chamraz, WTMJ-Milwaukee; Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; Natasha Haverty, Independent Journalist; Eric Litke, USA TODAY Network; Maria Perez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Dave Umhoefer, Marquette University.

Join IRE’s experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop on Saturday, March 30.

Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Optional Hands-on Spreadsheet Training

Sunday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also, learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

Workshop Location

Saturday’s workshop will take place in Johnston Hall, Room 107. Sunday’s optional session will take place in Johnston Hall 3rd Floor, Room 314. A campus map can be found here. The workshop will take place in building 8 on the map.


There is both on the street parking (metered) and university parking.  Guests can park in Structure 2, located at 1240 W. Wells Street (about 1 block from Johnston Hall). Parking is also available in Structure 1, located at 749 N. 16th Street (about 5 blocks away from Johnston Hall).  Cost is $10.00 for the day.   Credit Card only.

Workshop Fees (includes a one-year IRE membership, if you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

$55 Professional

$25 Student

$30 Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training (hands-on)


Registration can be done by clicking on “click here to begin” which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking “click here to begin” which can be found below.

Cancellations must be sent via email to Dylan Sinn,  There is a $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 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.

Workshop evaluations

Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

Time and place

Saturday, Mar. 30, 2019 – Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019

Marquette University
1131 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233


Registration information

Registration for this event is open! Click here to begin.

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, Mar. 30 at 12:00pm.

Mar. 30, 2019 9:00 AM
Mar. 31, 2019 12:30 PM
Marquette University
1131 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee WI
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