IRE Radio Podcast | The dark side of the oil & gas boom

Think oil and gas stories are just for reporters in a few key states? Think again. There are more than 1.1 million active oil and gas wells in 36 states. On this podcast we’ll explore the dark side of the oil and gas boom with journalists who have investigated elements of the industry. Here’s the lineup:

  • Bob Marshall of The Lens discusses his reporting on "Losing Ground," a multimedia project that visualizes and explains the deterioration of the Louisiana coastline.
  • Blake Morrison of Reuters talks about an investigation into Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
  • Ed Williams of KDNK, a ...
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Judge blocks Alabama newspaper from printing information obtained through open records request

A state court judge has temporarily blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information about a utility company’s plan for gas line safety, information obtained through an open records request.

Alagasco says the Distribution Integrity Management Plan, released to the newspaper by the Alabama Public Service Commission, contains proprietary and safety-related information that could jeopardize public safety, according to the Associated Press.

The Advertiser says the court ruling is a case of unconstitutional prior restraint. The Gannett-owned paper asked for the plan as part of an extensive pipe safety project by USA TODAY.

A hearing will take place Monday to ...

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Reporters to Study State Government Corruption (The Center for Public Integrity)

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for top-notch journalists to investigate the risk of corruption in their state governments. We’re hiring one part-time reporter in each state to carry out a combination of research and reporting into state government ethics, transparency and accountability laws, and their enforcement. Your work will lead to nationally-distributed stories and state-by-state rankings of government accountability, complete with scorecards, grades and stories that demonstrate where states succeed and where they fail.

The State Integrity Investigation will rely on original, in-depth reporting and detailed data collection in each state to uncover areas of corruption risk ...

Research Position: Speech to Text (Duke University)

Duke University professor is looking for a fulltime, Boston-based researcher for a project on transcription technology for journalists' interviews. Research will focus on identifying and assessing tools for automated generation of transcripts, including speech recognition. Project will investigate technologies that could be used by reporters and documentarians to turn recorded interviews into structured data. Required skills include the ability to research across disciplines, to test and evaluate software applications, and to understand programming and technical questions sufficiently to spot obstacles and potential solutions. Backgrounds in computer science, linguistics or science of oral history helpful, but not required.

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Why Americans are flocking to their sinking shores even as the risks mount

Americans ability to work around some of the most restrictive beach development laws in the country is indicative of a problem that only worsens as rising seas gnaw at U.S. shores: Americans are flocking to the water’s edge, as they have for decades, even as the risks to life and property mount. And government is providing powerful inducements for them to do so, Reuters found

Between 1990 – when warnings were already being sounded on rising sea levels – and 2010, the United States added about 2.2 million new housing units to Census areas, known as block groups, with ...

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Behind the Story: How Chicago Magazine exposed the truth about the city’s crime rates

Chicago Magazine | June 2014

A story that helped change the way Chicagoans digest crime stats started with suspicion.

Immersed in a different crime-related piece, Chicago Magazine Features Editor David Bernstein and Contributing Writer Noah Isackson noticed something amiss with the statistics. When their trusted police sources voiced skepticism, the early trappings of an idea took hold.

In the spring of 2013, fresh off a year of 507 murders in Chicago, the most of any U.S. city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy started celebrating what the stats showed was a drastic turnaround in the amount of crime ...

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Hedge Fund Journalist Research Team (Fir Tree Partners)

Hedge fund with over $10billion under management seeks journalists to conduct grass roots research. Candidate must have superior investigative skills, innate intellectual curiosity, and drive to leave no stone unturned. Position will typically involve learning about a new business, technology, regulation, societal/economic development, etc., framing the issues, and speaking with as many sources as possible. Prompt concise written communications/summaries and creativity in research are imperative. 

While this is not an investment analyst position, basic understanding of economics and business and the willingness to learn more are essential. Examining all sides of a question and explaining things simply is ...

Research Editor (ProPublica)

ProPublica is looking for a top-notch researcher to help us dig deep into databases and ferret out obscure facts.

Our research editor will work closely with reporters to do everything from background sources to finding examples of kids who were injured by a pharmaceutical drug. The job also includes training staff in research, overseeing at least one full-time intern and a stable of freelance researchers, and maintaining and managing our various accounts for research databases.  The job is full-time and based in New York.

Applicants should have significant journalism experience and prior experience with the various databases and resources used ...