Free Business Journalism Workshop, “Follow the Money, Tracking Companies’ Influence on Politics”

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"Follow the Money: Tracking Companies’ Influence on Politics"on February 22, 2012.

The 2012 election campaign promises to be one of the most expensive ever, with companies contributing even more because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case in 2010. That ruling says that government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.

But corporate influence on politics extends beyond campaign contributions to lobbying expenditures and contributions to independent groups trying to sway elections. Then, there’s the question of how to tie it all together – what’s the connection between corporate spending and legislative or regulatory actions?

St. Louis Union Station Marriott,
One St. Louis Union Station
St. Louis, MO 63103

Ron Nixon, New York Time domestic correspondent; Bill Allison, editorial director, Sunlight Foundation.

Hosts: Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, Missouri Press Association, Illinois Press Association.

Workshop is the afternoon before IRE’s Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) Conference, Feb. 23-26, 2012.

Register here for this free workshop.

Read more about the workshop.



Can’t make it? Here’s more free training from the Reynolds Center

Learn in just one hour a day with these free Webinars:
·       How Not to Be Bamboozled by Local Economic Studies: Feb. 8-9.
 ·      Getting LinkedIn – Sourcing through Social Networking: Feb. 28.
 ·      Using EMMA to Find Great Stories in Municipal Bonds: March 27-28.
·       Business Editing in Depth – 10 Things You’d Better Know: May 1.
·       Unlocking Financial Statements: May 14-18
·       Economics 101 with NPR’s Marilyn Geewax: June 26-28

And don’t miss these free workshops:
·       Be a Better Business Watchdog – CAR for Business Journalists: Indianapolis, March 15 (pre-SABEW    Conference).
·       Uncovering the Best Local Business Stories: Lexington, Ky., April 13; and Fort Worth, April 26.
·       Follow the Money – Tracking Companies’ Influence on Politics: Boston, June 13 (pre-IRE Conference)

Click here to view the free-training calendar at


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