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IRE’s Richards to lead watchdog journalism seminar at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

April 27, 2016

Alex Richards, training director for Investigated Reporters & Editors Inc., will lead a one-day seminar on Watchdog Journalism Tuesday, May 24, at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Co-sponsored by Mid-America Press Institute, IRE, the Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the seminar will center on using the web and social media to assist in investigative stories, among other topics.

Joining IRE in December 2014, Richards had been a reporter with the Chicago Tribune, specializing in investigative data journalism. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011 and was awarded the Goldsmith and the Scripps Howard Farfel investigative reporting awards, among others, for the Las Vegas Sun series “Do No Harm” with ProPublica’s Marshall Allen. More recently, he shared IRE’s FOI medal for a series on Chicago’s truancy epidemic.

In addition to web searches, Richards also will lead sessions on digging deeper with data and keeping track of non-profits and charities. Ellen Gabler of the Journal Sentinel will lead a session on FOI and open records.

The seminar will run roughly 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan,



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