‘NY Times’ And IRE Hold Ethnic Media Workshop

By: Joe Strupp

College students and foreign-language journalists will get a lesson in ethnic media issues from The New York Times and Investigative Reporters and Editors as part of a two-day workshop announced Wednesday.

IRE and the Times plan to offer the workshop on May 9 and 10 in the Times new headquarters on Manhattan’s west side.

“The workshop will include sessions on covering the police and the courts; how to use the Internet for enterprise stories; how to investigate immigration issues; and how to obtain background information on people and businesses,” a release stated. “Sessions will examine how best to exploit laws that provide access to government records and explore the rights of journalists when dealing with legal issues.”

Sponsored by The New York Times Company Foundation, the workshop is one of six that The New York Times Institutes for Journalists will sponsor in 2008, the release stated. It will be overseen by IRE, along with the New York Community Media Alliance (formerly The Independent Press Association NY) and New America Media.

“The workshop will provide a wealth of practical techniques and resources for editors, reporters and producers at news organizations of all sizes,” the description declared. “Much of the training can be used immediately for daily and beat reporting.”

The Times did not name specific newsroom staffers who will be involved, noting only “sessions will be led by investigative reporters and longtime trainers, and there will be opportunities for informal discussions and story brainstorming. Hands-on training in computer-assisted reporting, including the use of spreadsheets and databases to enhance reporting, will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis to a limited number of participants.”

The workshop fee is $25 for working journalists and $10 for students.

More information is available at:

http://www.ire.org/training/ethnicmediaws/NY08EM.php.

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