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MPI/IRE team up for one-day workshop on watchdog journalism April 26

March 9, 2012

Mid-America Press Institute and Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. will put on a one-day workshop on “Watchdog Journalism” April 26 at the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill., thanks to a grant from the McCormick Foundation.

Mark Horvit, executive director of IRE, will lead sessions on “Web for Watchdogs,” “Key Documents You Can’t Live Without,” “Open Records,” and “Quick-hit Watchdog Investigations.”

The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and will finish by 3 p.m. Registration for the workshop is $20 and includes lunch. Those interested in attending can register with John Ryan, executive director of MPI, via email at, or phone, 217.581.7939.

The McCormick Foundation awarded MPI and IRE a grant to cover IRE’s expenses to put on a one-day workshop in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Horvit, who also teaches investigative journalism as an associate professor at the University of Missouri, was a longtime IRE member before becoming the executive director. He formerly served as projects editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telgram. He also has worked on projects teams at newspapers in Texas, North Carolina, Missouri and Florida.

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