Workshop features Investigative journalism, video production, public access & more

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New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers is the keynote speaker for this year’s workshop. Rogers is originally from Elkhart, Indiana.

 This year’s News Media Workshop will feature sessions on investigative reporting, video storytelling, access issues and more. 

The one-day event, formerly known as the Reporters Workshop, will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 at the University of Indianapolis. 

It’s an opportunity for media professionals to broaden and sharpen their skills and get insider tips and advice. 

Click here for details and registration.

Presenters include the South Bend Tribune’s Christian Sheckler who will lead a session on watchdog journalism. Last year, Sheckler worked with ProPublica’s Ken Armstrong as part of the Local Reporting Network on an examination of the criminal justice system in Elkhart. Sheckler said he’ll be discussing that story and the reporting and fallout after uncovering a video of an officer punching a handcuffed suspect that went viral. 

“I’d like to come up with some really practical things that I learned doing those police stories, things that I’m glad we did, things that I wish we had done differently,” Sheckler said. 

He said he hopes to provide tips for people who might be interested in pursuing similar stories and advice that can apply to other types of stories, too.

HSPA’s Steve Key and Public Access Counselor Luke Britt will offer a breakout session about public access. 

“The state’s public access laws are a journalist’s best friend. The Open Door Law requires decisions be made in public view and the Access to Public Records Act requires public officials provide documentation of their actions, even on occasions when they would prefer not to do so,” Key said. 

“We plan to make sure attendees have a working understanding of how they can use these Indiana statutes to their advantage.” 

Keynote speaker Katie Rogers is a White House correspondent for The New York Times. 

Rogers has been with The Times since 2014. Her NYT bio notes that, “She has covered Washington in the Trump era, pop culture, sexual harassment in Congress, New York Fashion Week, socialites, sexism at the Olympics and the occasional Santa.” 

Before The Times, Rogers worked at The Guardian where she oversaw social media production for projects, including the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Edward Snowden’s leaks and reported on breaking news. Before that, she was at The Washington Post. 

Rogers is a graduate of Loyola University-Chicago. 

She is a native Hoosier from Elkhart where she worked as an education reporter for The Elkhart Truth. 

This year’s workshop is sponsored by the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the Associated Press Media Editors and HSPA. 

Each participant will receive an AP Stylebook. For more information and to register for this year’s workshop, click here.