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Default Investigative Reporting Boot Camp April 9: Reserve Your Seat NOW!

Investigative Reporting Boot Camp Announcement

Presented by the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation

April 9, 2011, 10:00am – 4:00pm
University of Arkansas at Little Rock,
Stabler Hall 109
APA Members $20 - includes materials and lunch.

Limited seating. Reservations required.

The Arkansas Newspaper Foundation is pleased to present an Investigative Reporting Boot Camp on April 9 at UALR in Stabler Hall 109. Beginning with the panel of experts in the morning, the boot camp will be a day filled with tips, advice and techniques that usually take years to acquire. The panel will discuss hitting the street hard to gather data, making connections and how building relationships help you put together information using old and new technologies! These are veterans of the newspaper – sharing stories you won’t want to miss! Panelists will be revealed later….

The afternoon session will be led by Jaimi Dowdell who joined Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) as Training Director in October 2008. Before that she was computer-assisted reporting (CAR) editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for more than three years. Her duties included obtaining and analyzing data for daily and long-term stories; training staff on CAR and investigative techniques; and maintaining the newspaper’s online data center. In addition to her work at the Post-Dispatch, she taught a CAR course for Washington University in St. Louis. Previously she worked at IRE and NICAR in the Database Library and Resource Center while completing her master’s degree at the University of Missouri.

Her session will include:

• Public records: Let the sunshine in
- Advice on crafting records requests, tracking them and holding officials’ feet to the FOIA fire. Includes strategies for dealing with excuses and obstacles from public officials who stand in your way of getting key documents and data.

• Quick-hit investigations - Strategies, story ideas, resources and tips for watchdog stories on a variety of beats. How to produce meaty enterprise stories that may take a few days or a few weeks rather than months.

• Paper and database trails - Advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records, understanding records retention schedules, exploring key records on a variety of beats, and becoming familiar with key national data sets to produce high-impact local stories.

• Tapping into Twitter and social media - Making effective use of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sites for reporting and digging. How to connect with sources on social media, follow breaking news in real time, and track conversations and commentary in a specific geographic area.

Handouts and links will be provided! Students are free. To secure a seat, complete an enrollment form and forward it to Terri Cobb at the APA office. Contact information is at the bottom of the form which will be posted on the ANF webpage link which can be found at and emailed with the weekly APA Bulletin. If you have questions, please contact Karen Brown, at You may contact Terri at 501-374-1500.
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