NE News Group - Civic journalists can learn investigative reporting skills May 1 -- free -- in Boston



Posted: March 27, 2009
"Civic journalists" welcomed to investigative reporting seminar May 1 in Boston

"Civic journalists" are being welcomed to a free, all-day conference on investigative reporting and open-records/open-meeting issues on Friday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Boston Globe. It's also open to employees of non-profit organizations who monitor government action.


Tom Kearney, editor of The Stowe [Vt.] Reporter says the free workshop is being put on by the New England First Amendment Coalition in collaboration with Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. To register, go to: and click on "The Latest News."


Kearney says the day will kick off with a session that examines how strong newsrooms are built around a lasting awareness of FOI issues and how access to public records serves as a driving force behind top-quality reporting.


Next, learn about the public records gold mine that exists in your town or city hall, and how to identify, request and use this valuable information todo enterprise and investigative reporting.


After lunch, Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, will talk about the role of the press in keeping government open, and the threat posed by erosion of local media.


Also in the afternoon, find out about two dozen open-records Web sites that are of value to any newsroom or organization that wants to keep tabs on government, and how to search the Web more effectively.


There is no cost for the training. Box lunches will be offered for $10 to the first 100 registrants. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.


The New England First Amendment Coalition was formed in 2006 by a group of journalists concerned that citizens, to say nothing of reporters, are routinely denied access to the work of government, and that there is a need for a unified, region-wide organization that speaks to the importance of open records in one robust voice across the six states.


Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. is a grass-roots, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting. It's based at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.



New England First Amendment Center