Prepping for the Watchdog Journalism workshop

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The Watchdog Journalism workshop on Thursday will have two special guests on the panel talking about their work from the past year.

Jodi Upton is the Data Base Editor for USA Today. She has been involved in numerous projects, including several on college football and basketball salaries and coaches contracts.

Rachel George is a high school reporter for the Star News in Wilmington, N.C. Her investigative reporting on a high school sports facility led to the building’s condemnation, disrupting athletic programs and resulting in the eventual appropriation of funds to renovate the field house. She won first place in APSE investigative reporting for her work.

The sessions are scheduled for 2:15-3:30 and 3:45-5 p.m.

If you are planning to attend either session it might be helpful to read some of their work in advance.

Below are helpful links:

FROM THE STAR NEWS INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT

Aug. 1 – Condemned field house endangered students

Aug. 1- New Hanover schools debate whether to renovate or rebuild fieldhouse 

Aug. 1 – New Hanover team forced into move at critical time

Aug. 1 – Jap Davis field house timeline

Aug. 3 – Parents looking for solution to field house problems

Aug. 4 – School board to wait for review of condemned field house 

Aug. 27 – Locker room situation pushes Wildcats to physical, mental limits 

Sept. 1 – NHHS field house can be saved, but will it? 

Sept. 2 – Field house to get renovation, not replacement 

Sept. 23 – Facilities director resigns in wake of field house debacle 

FROM USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2009-11-09-coaches-salary-analysis_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/ncaa-finances.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/2010-coaches-salary-database.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2009-coaches-contracts-database.htm