- This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
- November 09, 2011 Enroll Now
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- Covering the Budget Crisis in Your City or State
- Originally Broadcast On:
- November 09, 2011
- Time Estimate:
- One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.
Thanks to the support of our sponsor, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, we are able to offer this $29.95 Webinar for just $9.95.
In this virtual classroom, participants can join in a seminar led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty. This screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host.
It’s happening everywhere. Governments big and small are trying to cut spending but still provide basic services. To cover that story, you need to know how to read and analyze a budget, how to dissect a union contract and how to generate stories that will stand out.
This Webinar is associated with McCormick Foundation's Specialized Reporting Institute about "Covering Municipal Spending in the Post-Stimulus Era" in Boston on May 9-10, 2011.
Additional resources are available on NewsU's Resources and training for Covering Municipal Spending in the Post-Stimulus Era and Resources for Reporting on the Economy and Mental Health pages.
What Will I Learn:
- The basic elements of budgeting
- How to analyze your city or town’s budget
- How to critically examine union contracts
- How to track stimulus funds and assess whether those dollars were spent wisely
Who Should Take this Course:
Journalists and others who cover issues related to local and regional government budget cuts.
Joe Bergantino is the co-founder, co-director and senior investigative reporter of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Bergantino has been a national and local investigative reporter for almost 30 years. He spent most of his career as the I-Team Reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston. He also did investigative reporting for WPLG-TV, the Washington Post-owned TV station in Miami, and spent five years as a correspondent for ABC News where he reported for World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America.
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