April 6, 2016

Investigative reporting workshop aims to help students, young journalists sharpen skills

“Watchdog 101: Kickstarting your career as an investigative journalist,” will be led by the award-winning staff of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The free workshop is April 20 at The Madison Club. In this file photo, the Center's staff members present a panel at a 2015 investigative journalism workshop on the UW-Madison campus.

Andy Hall / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

“Watchdog 101: Kickstarting your career as an investigative journalist,” will be led by the award-winning staff of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The free workshop is April 20 at The Madison Club. In this file photo, the Center's staff members present a panel at a 2015 investigative journalism workshop on the UW-Madison campus.

High school and college journalists and young professional journalists are invited to a special investigative reporting workshop being offered April 20 as part of this year’s Wisconsin Watchdog Awards event.

“Watchdog 101: Kickstarting your career as an investigative journalist,” a free, fast-paced workshop, will be led by the award-winning staff of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

It will include sessions on how to find strong investigative stories, how to use the state’s open records law, how to use data, the art of the interview, and how to use multimedia in investigative journalism.

“We hope this workshop helps inspire students and young working journalists to dig into important issues facing their communities,” said Andy Hall, executive director of the nonpartisan and nonprofit Center. “And we’re very grateful for the sponsors, led by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, who have made it possible to offer this training free of charge to the participants.”

The workshop will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, immediately before the sixth annual Wisconsin Watchdog Awards reception and dinner at The Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St.

The signup deadline is next Wednesday, April 13.

Admission to Watchdog 101 is free. Refreshments will be provided.

In addition, free tickets (regular price $55) for up to 20 students and young journalists will be provided to the Wisconsin Watchdog Awards reception and dinner, a celebration of open government and investigative journalism. The reception begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6.

Students and young journalists seeking complimentary tickets to the dinner may contact Andy Hall at ahall@wisconsinwatch.org

For more details, and to register, visit http://2016watchdog.eventbrite.com/

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association is the lead sponsor of the Wisconsin Watchdog Awards. The MacIver Institute for Public Policy and Schott Bublitz & Engel law firm are supporting sponsors. Event sponsors include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, The Cap Times, Wisconsin State Journal and WORT 89.9 FM. Bender Westerberg LLC is a friend sponsor, with additional support from Simpson Street Free Press. Additional sponsors are welcomed. Information about becoming a sponsor is available at http://wisconsinwatch.org/about/donations/watchdog-sponsorship/