Don’t miss watchdog journalism session


Sign up your staff for the Road Show for Reporters by May 31 and save on registration.

This year’s workshop on June 20 in Indianapolis will highlight watchdog journalism.

Reporting workshop

What: Watchdog Reporting for Every Newsroom

When: 10 a.m.-3:15 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 20, 2013

Where: Indianapolis Star Pulliam Produc­tion Center, 8278 N. Georgetown Road, Indianapolis

Cost: $30 by May 31; $40 after that date; includes meals and a 2013 AP Stylebook


Indiana Associated Press Man­ag­ing Editors and HSPA Foundation sponsor the annual seminar for beginning journalists and those who want to brush up on must-have skills.

This year’s event will again take place at The Indianapolis Star’s Pulliam Production Center, 8278 N. Georgetown Road, Indianapolis.

The 2013 Road Show will include sessions featuring:

• Ways reporters can stay on the watchdog beat no matter what their regular assignments.

• Information on obtaining access to public records and what to do if officials turn down records requests.

• How to effectively organize databases for data-driven stories.

• Ideas on cultivating and keeping reliable sources.

The cost is $30 per person by the early-bird deadline of May 31. After that, registration is $40 per person. Light breakfast, lunch and a 2013 AP Stylebook are included.

Journalists can register by filling out the form at

Other information and the brochure that newsrooms received by mail also are available on that website.

The annual workshop provides excellent training at a low cost for HSPA members. Road Show speakers have a variety of experiences to share with attendees.

Annie Goeller, assistant managing editor at the Daily Journal (Franklin), will present a session on staying vigilant for potential watchdog stories even while busy covering a regular beat.

Steve Key, HSPA’s executive director and general counsel, will present a session on the Open Door Law and Access to Public Records Act.

Laura Lane, the criminal justice reporter at The Herald-Times (Bloomington), will talk to journalists about how to find the right sources – and get them to talk.

Mark Nichols, the computer-assisted reporting coordinator for The Indianapolis Star, will teach attendees how to build a simple database in an hour to maximize data-driven reporting efforts.

George Garties, The Associated Press’ bureau chief for Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, will briefly share changes in the 2013 AP Stylebook.

For more information on the Road Show for Reporters, visit or call (317) 803-4772.