Veritas Foundation co-hosts conference with Investigative Reporters and Editors and Global Reporting Centre

Veritas - Advancing Journalism in the Public Interest is teaming up with U.S.-based IRE and Vancouver-based Global Reporting Centre on a prestigious cross-border investigative conference in Vancouver, May 20 - 21. This is the second event of the new Canadian foundation which fosters professional development for journalists and public engagement and education.

This training will offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more. This workshop will focus on issues on shared interest between the U.S. and Canada.

These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.

Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21.

Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.


Pay parking is available in the Rose Garden Parkade on NW Marine Drive (1 block east) and the Fraser River Parkade on Memorial Road (1 block south). There is no free parking available on campus.

Workshop Fees

(Includes a one-year IRE membership, if you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

$55 (U.S.) Professional

$25 (U.S.) Student

Registration Information

If you are a current member, please complete your registration online by logging into your member profile. Once you have logged in, click on my profile, next to the welcome and your name, select conferences and events on the left-hand side of the screen and the 2017 Vancouver Watchdog Workshop.

If you are not a current IRE member, you can still register here for the workshop online.

Cancellations must be sent via email to Lara Dieringer, There is a $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 for students) for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event.

Workshop evaluations

Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.


Time and place

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

Liu Institute for Global Issues
Vancouver Campus
6476 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2


Registration information

Registration for this event is open! Click here to begin.

Hurry! Registration closes on Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m..

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Panel Descriptions

Cross Border Crime Reporting

How do you report on criminals?  Journalists who have done investigations in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. share their approaches to telling high-risk stories that can bring serious repercussions.

Cross Border Commerce Reporting

What does it take to collaborate with another journalist or another media organization?  Hear from some of the journalists who worked on the Pulitzer-prize winning, Panama Papers.  The lessons apply to international stories and local collaborative investigations.

Cross Border Immigration Reporting

Legal immigrants, hidden immigrants, refugees risking their lives to enter the U.S. and Canada.  Learn the skills, documents and data that will help you tell the stories of human movement across borders.

Cross Border Slavery and Trafficking

This growing business is under reported because it is hiding in plain sight.  A mining company accused of using forced labour in its mine in Eritrea. U.N. peacekeepers running a child sex ring in Haiti. Sex traffickers grooming girls in your neighbourhood. And a new report that lays out 25 ways people are trafficked or held in slavery. Learn the methods of telling the dark stories of abuse.

Cross Border Corruption

Some of the continent's hardest-nosed investigators share techniques of sniffing out corruption and getting past the barriers that keep it hidden from public view.

Interviewing Workshop

Learn how to approach sources and prepare for interviews. How to do investigative interviews and tips and strategies for handling tough situations and ethical trouble spots.

Secure Communication

Protecting your work, your sources and whistle blowers against prying eyes is not easy in a digital world where hackers are king. This session covers encryption, PGP, secure drops and other tools for protecting your email, your computer and your research.

Driveway Moments

This workshop will cover the essentials of compelling audio story telling, including getting the most from your meetings with your sources, interviewing for good narrative,  as well as building scenes and emotion into your story.

The Future of Multi-Media Investigative Reporting

What is ahead for investigative TV when most news is consumed on mobile devices?  Increasing co-productions with print and international partners and growing competition for eyeballs from everything from Netflix to Facebook.

New Models for Investigative Reporting

Increasingly, the heavy lifting of investigative reporting is moving from mainstream media outlets.  Are they the future? 

Excel I

Attend this hands-on session and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spread sheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, elections and more.

Excel II

This session is designed for journalists who have mastered the basics of Excel and want to take their skills further with advanced functions, cleaning techniques and data importing methods.

Introduction to Tableau

Learn how to make data visualizations without programming from one of Tableau's experienced trainers.

Data Visualization

Leading-edge data analysts at UBC walk journalists through some of the techniques they're using to investigate matters of public interest

Organizing Your Investigation

Mountains of documents and transcripts are a beast to manage. Let it get out of hand and you will lose insights, key facts and possibly the narrative. Listen to how deep-dive researchers keep the story in focus over weeks and months by organizing their material.

Measuring Impact

How do you measure the impact of investigative reporting for the purposes of fundraising? The growing crop of non-profit centres are developing algorithms to quantify the impact of the reporting.

Web Search and Social Media For Investigations

Find documents and databases on deadline with better search techniques and the invisible Web. Learn how to locate reliable websites for enterprise stories and receive guidance on the best social media tools for your next investigation.