May 7, 2010

Live streaming investigative biz journalism conference

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I'm in Portland at the Reynolds Center's Investigative Business Journalism conference.  Pulitzer winner Gary Cohn and former Washington Post investigative reporter Alec Klein are leading the day's instruction, which is streaming live on the Web.  You can follow it on Twitter: @BizJournalism#BizJ.

If you're too busy to tune in, check out these five investigative tips.

The Reynolds Center's future free online trainings include Unlocking Financial Statements July 19-23 and How to be an entrepreneur as a business journalist from August 9-13.

Today's agenda:

9:00 a.m. Introductions: What’s your story idea? – Robin J. Phillips, BusinessJournalism.org M.E.
9:30 a.m. Generating ideas and executing them while covering your beat – Alec Klein
10:00 a.m. Interviewing techniques — Alec; Dealing with sensitive sources – Gary Cohn
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Case Study: The Pulitzer-winning ship-breakers stories – Gary
12:15 p.m. Box lunches provided
1:15 p.m. Using Public Documents – Alec, Gary
2:00 p.m. Case Study: AOL stories – Alec
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Organizing and presenting investigations on multiple platforms – Alec
3:45 p.m. Write your story pitch, Wall Street Journal-style
4:05 p.m. Feedback on pitches — Alec, Gary
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

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