How to Tell Great Investigative Stories with Dwindling Resources

Course Overview

How to Tell Great Investigative Stories with Dwindling Resources
Originally Broadcast On:
November 12, 2014
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
November 12, 2014 Enroll Now
Watch and listen to the original one-hour Webinar in its entirety. This Webinar recording features the full presentation led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty including Q&A from the audience and resources from the presenter.

How can our newsrooms find, nurture, develop and produce multimedia investigative and explanatory projects that matter -- in the face of layoffs, buyouts, hiring freezes and budget cuts?

In this webinar, you will learn how to best manage the resources you need to tell big stories, tap into your existing resources, develop new skill sets and create an effective process for investigative journalism to flourish.

This includes strategies to effectively communicate decisions within newsrooms and in the community, develop the skills of staff members and make in-depth investigative journalism a top priority.

This webinar will appeal to leaders from news organizations of all sizes who wish to invest in journalism that drives discussion and engagement. In-depth investigative and explanatory reporting sets us apart from competitors who merely follow daily events.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to use digital, data, reporting, writing and visual journalism skills you need to tell big stories to the best of your ability, including how to find skills you don't have
  • How to effectively communicate to the newsroom as well as the community that investigative journalism is a top priority for the news organization
  • Use major reporting projects to build your staff's digital skills and expertise
  • Build a safe place and effective process for investigative journalism to flourish
  • Leverage the project reporting process to innovate in other ways, such as building new mobile apps
Who Should Take this Course:

Newsroom leaders, editors, multimedia producers, reporters who support in-depth investigative journalism that engages the community and drives conversation.

Course Instructor:

George Stanley

As managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and, George Stanley has worked to build a culture that encourages people to innovate and aspire. The Journal Sentinel newsroom focuses on strengths that distinguish it from other regional news sources, including in-depth investigative journalism, breaking news for digital platforms and expert beat coverage in government, politics, sports, business and entertainment.

Stanley built and oversees the Journal Sentinel’s investigative and in-depth project journalism process.

Training Partner:

American Society of News Editors

The American Society of News Editors, founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues. ASNE promotes fair, principled journalism, defends and protects First Amendment rights, and fights for freedom of information and open government. Leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion in coverage and the journalism work force, youth journalism and the sharing of ideas are also key ASNE initiatives.

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