IRE Radio Podcast | Beyond Breaking News

When a story breaks, speed is key. But so are depth, context and accuracy. So how do you cover the news while simultaneously digging deeper? This week we’re talking about investigating breaking news. Our speakers will cover everything from identifying sources on the scene to developing a plan for watchdog coverage. Here’s the lineup:

  • Scott Friedman from KXAS-TV in Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas explains the station’s three-step process for turning breaking news coverage into an ongoing and in-depth investigation.
  • Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of the Washington Post, talks about how the paper got creative to find ...
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How to use Helium Scraper to grab data online

South Dakota lobbyist database

We've all visited websites that contain valuable information we want to analyze, such as inspection reports, lobbying expenditures, or a list of jail inmates. We’re glad those agencies have made this information available, but as data journalists it doesn’t do us much good locked in HTML: We can’t sort, filter, sum or join it to other data in this format.

What we want to see is the DOWNLOAD button, and while that’s catching on (at both local and federal levels), most of the time downloading is not an option.

So how ...

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Till death do us part: A look at deadly domestic violence in South Carolina

More than 300 women were shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death over the past decade by men in South Carolina, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse.

It's a staggering toll that for more than 15 years has placed South Carolina among the top 10 states nationally in the rate of women killed by men. The state topped the list on three occasions, including this past year, when it posted a murder rate for women that was more than double the national ...

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Reporter/Editor (FairWarning)

FairWarning (www.fairwarning.org), a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Encino, Calif., is seeking a reporter/editor to join our dedicated, hard-working team. We’re looking for a hard-nosed digger and self-starter with at least 3 to 5 years of news experience and a demonstrated ability to handle detailed investigative and explanatory stories. Candidates from the Los Angeles area preferred, but we’ll consider applicants from anywhere.

FairWarning, now in its fifth year, covers public health, safety and environmental issues, and related topics of government and business accountability. We publish on our website and in print, online and broadcast ...

Investigative Reporter (KOAA)

KOAA News 5 Investigates, the number one NBC affiliate in beautiful Colorado Springs-Pueblo, has an immediate opening for an investigative reporter. 

We are looking for self motivated and enterprising journalists to join our award winning team. You must be familiar with the best IRE practices, the CORA process, how to go beyond Google with internet research, and how to track stories and developments after they air. 

You must have a proven track record of building reliable sources and breaking investigative pieces. We live and breathe investigative work – it is our brand from top to bottom. 

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How local, national media are investigating police militarization, shootings

Officer-involved shooting analysis tracks Coachella Valley trends | The Desert Sun

Over the past month, The Desert Sun studied more than 100 Riverside County police shootings, using public records to identify officers who have pulled the trigger in more than one incident. The Desert Sun conducted this first-ever analysis of regional police records in order to understand the frequency and circumstances of police shootings.

The analysis found that three Coachella Valley officers have fired a gun in the line of duty more than once since 2009.

 

Widespread militarization of Illinois police forces uncovered by ...

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Submit session, speaker ideas for NICAR15 in Atlanta

We're gearing up for our annual data journalism conference March 5-8 in Atlanta and want your input to make this the best NICAR yet.

We're accepting session and speaker ideas through September 12. Please submit your ideas using the link below. If you'd rather send them via email, please use confideas@ire.org.

Thanks to all of you who've submitted ideas and attended our conferences in the past. We couldn't do it without you. Your enthusiasm and creativity help us put on amazing events and we can't wait to see your latest ideas.

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