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Going Beyond the Agenda: Investigating Local Government

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April 20, 2005

2005 Selden Ring Award luncheon – Presented by USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism.
Video of Selden Ring Award luncheon

    •  Panel Presentation, Washington Post staff
Tip sheet from Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post staff writer

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Welcome: The game plan for covering city hall and the statehouse from day one.

Introductory remarks by Vikki Porter, director, Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism

    •  David Donald, training director, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
Video of David Donald's presentation
PowerPoint from David Donald
    •  Holly Heyser, state editor, capitol bureau, The Orange County Register
Video of Holly Heyser's presentation
    •  Mike Mansur, The Kansas City Star
Video of Mike Mansur's presentation
PowerPoint from Mike Mansur

3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Following the money: Digging into budgets, personnel and salary records, bids, contracts, workers comp, bonds and the ways patronage, nepotism, favoritism and fraud are hidden. Using campaign finance records after the elections as a tip sheet.
Q&A from both panelists

    •  Paul D’Ambrosio, investigations editor, Asbury Park (NJ) Press
Video of • Paul D’Ambrosio's presentation
PowerPoint from Paul D’Ambrosio
    •  Ron Nixon, computer-assisted reporting editor, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Video of Ron Nixon's presentation
PowerPoint from Ron Nixon

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Developing sources: How to create your own network of tipsters and snitches -- Reception and working dinner
Dinner presentation by David Donald and others

April 21, 2005

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Checking property and taxes: What you can find in appraisals, appeals, delinquents and liens. Catching the scams in planning and zoning.
Video of panel presentation

    •  Paul D’Ambrosio, investigations editor, Asbury Park (NJ) Press
PowerPoint from Paul D’Ambrosio
    •  Ron Nixon, computer-assisted reporting editor, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
PowerPoint from Ron Nixon

10:15 am - 11:45 am
Knowing how it’s supposed to work: Using regulations, permits, inspections and lawsuits to find out what’s happening inside government.
Video of panel presentation

    •  Holly Heyser, state editor, capitol bureau, The Orange County Register
Tip sheet: Inside Government
Tip sheet: File early and often
Tip sheet: Covering the statehouse
    •  Mike Mansur, The Kansas City Star

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Uncovering hidden government: Consultants, commissions, public authorities and others who like to stay under the radar.
Video of Paul's presentation

    •  Paul D’Ambrosio, investigations editor, Asbury Park (NJ) Press
PowerPoint from Paul D’Ambrosio
PowerPoint on Public Service from Ron Nixon

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Using FOI and open records: How to file early and often to get the records before you need them.
Video of panel presentation

    •  David Donald, training director, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
PowerPoint from David Donald
    •  Holly Heyser, state editor, capitol bureau, The Orange County Register
    •  Susan Seager, associate, Los Angeles Office, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

4:30 pm - 6:00 am
Investigating those who protect: police, fire, ambulances and other first responders.
Vide of panel presentation

    •  Mike Mansur, The Kansas City Star
    •  Ron Nixon, computer-assisted reporting editor, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
PowerPoint of presentation by both speakers

6:30 pm - 12:00 pm
Keynote dinner presentation

Dinner session - no video or webcast
    •  Rick Rodriguez, editor, The Sacramento Bee, and president, ASNE

April 22, 2005

8:45 am - 1:30 pm
“Who Can Be Trusted – A Seminar on Sources” Presented by USC Annenberg School for Communication, Los Angeles Press Club, Discovery Times Channel and The New York Times

Working session - no video or webcast

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Computer-assisted reporting labs. The spreadsheet as an investigative partner. How to analyze a budget, find tips in data and import city and state records into a spreadsheet.

Working session - no video or webcast

    •  David Donald, training director, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
    •  Natalya Shulyakovskaya, investigative reporter, The Orange County Register

April 23, 2005

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Writing and editing the investigative project.
Video of panel presentation

    •  David Donald, training director, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
PowerPoint from David Donald
    •  Marc Duvoisin, assistant managing editor, Los Angeles Times
    •  William Heisel, investigative reporter, The Orange County Register
PowerPoint from William Heisel

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Taking it back home: What to do Monday morning and the days after.


Video of final session

    •  David Donald, training director, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
PowerPoint from David Donald

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Optional: Next step computer-assisted reporting: Using a database manager to dig deeper and join databases to find the hidden stories.

Working session - no video or webcast
    •  David Donald, training director, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
    •  Natalya Shulyakovskaya, investigative reporter, The Orange County Register

 

 

 
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