Online Training: Quick-Hit Business Investigations — Concept to Execution

Deadline: n/a
Open to: Professional and student journalists only.
Fee: No participation fee

The Online training Quick-Hit Business Investigations — Concept to Execution will be held on the 6 December 2011 4 p.m. EST. by Matt Apuzzo, investigative reporter in The Associated Press’ Washington bureau.

“I have a rule on analysts. Don’t use analysts for their analysis.”

“If I’m not meeting two new people a week, I don’t know what I’m doing.”

“I’m a big believer in tricking my editor into believing it was his idea.”

Those quotations are examples of the wit and wisdom of Matt Apuzzo, investigative reporter in the Washington bureau of The Associated Press. During a free Webinar on Dec. 6, he will offer more ideas on how to conceive and execute quick-hit business investigations.

Few news organizations have time these days for months-long projects. Apuzzo provides practical advice on how to pull off investigations that might take one to two weeks.

The hourlong Webinar will be offered live at either noon or 4 p.m. EST on Dec. 6.

This free Webinar is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at theWalter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The Reynolds Center is funded by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in Las Vegas. Besides its free regional workshops and online training, the center runs, offering daily tips, training and resources for those who want to do a better job of covering business.

Those who successfully complete three regional workshops or Webinars presented by the Reynolds Center are eligible to receive a “Circle of Achievement” award certificate. If you have any questions about the Webinar or the center, please email Executive Director Linda Austin.


  • How to frame an investigation as a question.
  • Where to look for public documents.
  • How to cast a wide net for people to talk to.
  • How to get them to talk to you.


Matt Apuzzo is an investigative reporter in The Associated Press’ Washington bureau. He was previously The AP’s legal affairs writer in Washington, where he covered the FBI investigations of Blackwater Worldwide, Ted Stevens and Scooter Libby. He spent three years with The AP in Connecticut, where he investigated corruption in state government.


PLEASE NOTE: This free training session is for professional and student journalists only. Please contact Linda Austin at if you have any questions or need clarification.

How to participate

You can be part of the Online seminar by registering – HERE. There is no registration fee.


Check out our Technology Help Page for connectivity requirements, helpful tips and an instructional video on how to access Reynolds Center Webinars.

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