More than two dozens journalists from throughout the U.S. gathered in Champaign, IL for an intense three-day workshop on covering big agribusiness companies.
The workshop is primarily funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in Chicago and hosted by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Sessions were led by agribusiness experts from Midwest universities and top reporters.
The journalists came from large and small newsrooms, both profit and nonprofit, and work in every medium. The workshop received support from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in Oklahoma and College of Media at the University of Illinois. The Midwest partners with Harvest Public Media and the Investigative Journalism Education Consortium.
For full details, follow this link: https://investigatemidwest.org/training/
Session 1: Tracking the Farm Bill and its Potential Impact
Session 2: Exploring Biofuels and Ethanol in Agribusiness
Lunch Session: The Business of Feeding the World: Food Insecurity and Agribusiness
Session 3: Understanding Crop Insurance
Presentation Available by Request
Session 4: Tour of the National Soybean Research Laboratory
A private tour organized for the workshop provided journalists with an opportunity to gain a rare behind-the-scenes view into research methodologies at a major research laboratory. The work taking place at the NSRL is largely due to the cutting edge technologies that allow researchers to control nearly every variable.
Q & A on Friday’s Sessions
Session 1: Using Food Safety and Inspection Reports for Investigations
System Tracking E-coli Positive System (STEPS)
Session 2: Investigating Environmental Issues in Agribusiness
Lunch Session: Living and Working on the Farm
Third Session: Exposing Abuses in Farm Labor
Fourth Session: Overview of the USDA Inspection System
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