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NC Watchdog Training


When: July 27th and 28th

Where: DoubleTree Raleigh Brownstone

Cost: $10 for Friday Dinner with James O’Keefe; $20 for Friday Dinner and Saturday Trainings

Interested in keeping tabs on what your government and public officials are doing? Want to learn how to effectively request information and share it with other citizens? If so, then join the Civitas Institute and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity for the NC Watchdog Training conference on July 27th and 28th to hear tips and tricks from some of the best investigative journalists in the Conservative movement!

The event kicks off Friday night with a networking reception and dinner with renowned journalist and advocate James O’Keefe, President of Project Veritas. O’Keefe is responsible for exposing corrupt organizations such as ACORN, Planned Parenthood, NPR, and Medicaid.  Saturday will include training sessions aimed at investigating and exposing the government, along with educating fellow citizens.

Saturday training will have two tracks: Citizen Watchdog will discuss how to make public records requests, accessing  hard to reach information and along with advice from some of the leading investigative journalists in the country. The Blogging track will entail basics for how to create an effective blog. It will also focus on advanced blogging topics such as messaging, networking, and outreach tactics. Each track will be led by skilled speakers who have extensive experience in their fields, and who are eager to share their knowledge. Please bring a laptop!

Speakers and schedule are subject to change

Speakers include:

Schedule (Subject to change)

Please bring your laptop!

Friday, July 27

  • 4:45-5:45: Registration
  • 5:45-6:00: Kick-off Remarks
  • 6-7 pm: Networking Reception
  • 7-9 pm: Dinner with James O'Keefe, ACORN Whistleblower and President of Project Veritas
Saturday, July 28: Watchdog Track

  • 8:30-9:00 am: Registration
  • 9-9:30 am: The Rise of Citizen Journalism - Erik Telford, Franklin Center
  • 9:30-11:00 am: Investigative Reporting - Trent Seibert, Texas Watchdog
  • 11:00-Noon: Navigating NC Public Records - Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute
  • Noon-1:30 pm: Joint Lunch: Katie Pavlich,
  • 1:30-2:30: Investigating State & Local Govt: Stories that Need to be Told - Panel Discussion with Brian Balfour (Civitas Institute) David Bass (Pope Foundation) Susan Myrick (Civitas Institute) Bob Luebke Moderator.
  • 2:30-3:30: Voter Fraud: The Plot to Undermine American Democracy - Anita MonCrief, TrueTheVote
  • 3:30-4:00: Roundtable Discussion/Q&A - All Panelists
Saturday, July 28: Blogger Track

  • 8:30: Registration
  • 9-9:30 am: The Rise of New Media - Tabitha Hale, Franklin Center
  • 9:30-10:15: Podcasting Made Simple - Fingers Malloy, host of FTR's "Snark Factor"
  • 10:15-11:00: How to be a Video Activist - Tracy Connors, and
  • 11:00-Noon: Amplifying Your Voice through Social Media - Tabitha Hale, Franklin Center
  • Noon-1:30 pm: Lunch – Katie Pavlich,
  • 1:30-3:00 Investigative Reporting - Trent Seibert, Texas Watchdog
  • 3:00-3:30: Strategy Session: Making an Impact
  • 3:30-4:00: Roundtable Discussion/Q&A - All Panelists

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.