The National Institute on Money in State Politics is pairing with the McCormick Foundation to offer a little of both to 20 journalists wanting a closer look at the role of money in politics.
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AUGUST 14-15, 2014 • MISSOULA, MONTANA
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 30
Time and money are always in short supply for journalists. The National Institute on Money in State Politics is pairing with the McCormick Foundation to offer a little of both to 20 journalists wanting a closer look at the role of money in politics.
During the all-expenses-paid McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute, we will bring reporters from small- and medium-sized U.S. news organizations to the University of Montana–Missoula, for a hands-on training Aug. 14-15, 2014, and teach them how to use our new website and others for computer-assisted reporting. In turn, we require these reporters to return to their news organizations and show others how to Follow The Money in state politics.
In particular, we’re looking for 20 newsroom leaders who are willing to go out on a limb to write important stories relevant to special interest influences in elections or policy decisions. Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
We ask each reporter to bring two story ideas on local or state campaign and/or policy issues. For both stories, the outcome of the policy issue should be expected to impact companies or individuals. Local community issues—utilities, gas and oil development, judicial elections, and education—are but a few potential topics.
Day One of training, experts in the field of database reporting will explain how to find the right websites, analyze data, and create stories by following the money trails in legislative races and ballot measures, ferret out top donors, and learn what industries or individuals are influencing your elected officials. We’ll also show you how to pull Institute data to your own website.
Day Two we’ll break into small groups and dig into the data for your particular story. We don’t expect you to go home with completed reports, but with enough solid material to ask the right questions to produce those stories.
Did we mention the Specialized Reporting Institute is free? We will provide reasonable coach-class airfare, three nights lodging Aug. 13-14-15, and meals during the seminar, plus per diem meals for travel days. All we ask is that you train your colleagues to mine the database at FollowTheMoney.org to help spread the word about transparency in government and the importance of following the money in politics.
Instructors and Trainers
Edwin Bender, Executive Director, National Institute on Money in State Politics
Lee Banville, Associate Professor, University of Montana School of Journalism
Eve Byron, Communications Specialist, National Institute on Money in State Politics
Joe Eaton, Assistant Professor, University of Montana School of Journalism
Denise Malan, Data Director, Investigative News Network
Norberto Santana, Editor-in-Chief, Voice of Orange County
Ben Wieder, Computer Assisted Reporter, Consider the Source, Center for Public Integrity
More information and to apply: http://beta.followthemoney.org/media-room/mccormick-sri-workshop/