Influential Cuban journalist to speak at 2015 IRE Conference

We're excited to announce that Yoani Sánchez, a Cuban journalist who has earned international fame and support for her courageous, independent reporting, will be a featured speaker at this year's IRE Conference in Philadelphia. Sanchez started as a blogger and now runs an independent media website, 14ymedioCuba’s first independent daily digital news outlet.
A University of Havana graduate in Philology, Sánchez emigrated to Switzerland in 2002 to build a new life for herself and her family. Two years later, she returned to Havana, promising herself to live there as a free person. In 2007 ...

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Seafood workers held against their will may be catching the fish you eat

Following a year-long investigation, the AP has uncovered an intricate web of slave-caught seafood. Reporters spoke with more than 40 current and former slaves in Benjina, an island village in Indonesia, and, with the help of a sympathetic worker, the AP was able to capture footage of workers being held against their will, in cages, barely big enough to lay down in.

The slave-caught fish can wind up in the supply chains of some of America's major grocery stores, such as Kroger, Albertsons and Safeway; the nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart; and the biggest food distributor, Sysco. It can ...

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Reporter (inewsource)

If you’re hungry to do kick-ass investigative journalism in one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S., talk to us at inewsource, a nonprofit in San Diego.

We’re small but we’re building something big.

San Diego’s got everything that speaks “California:” sun, surf, the border, fish tacos, and margaritas. It’s laid back AND an incredible news town. Consider this: One of our congressmen just got out of prison. Sexual harassment allegations forced our last mayor to resign. We’ve got 18 cities and 42 school districts that need scrutiny.

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Sign up for mentoring at the 2015 IRE Conference

The IRE Conference offers an opportunity for in-depth, one-on-one coaching on investigative reporting. These private sessions allow attendees to seek advice on challenging stories or follow-up ideas.

IRE pairs those who signed up with a mentor, and contact information is provided to both mentors and those who want to be mentored. Mentors and mentees can then agree on a time and place to meet at the conference.   

These sessions are not for job seekers; they are designed for teaching and sharing information. Mentees should bring examples of work and story ideas. (Note: IRE is unable to provide private access to ...

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Apply now for a Freelance Fellowship

IRE is once again offering fellowships for independent journalists who are working on investigative projects. And thanks to the generosity of IRE members and a donor who provided matching money, we're able to offer larger fellowships this year. 

First place will win $2,500; second place will get $1,500 and third place will get $1,000.

Applications are due by Friday, April 3. For more information on the fellowship and how to submit an application, visit our Fellowships & Scholarships page.

See past winners and read testimonials online.

Reporter (KRQE News 13)

KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico is looking for an aggressive reporter who wants to do investigative journalism. We are looking for a reporter who wants to break stories that everyone is talking about the next day. The position is for one of our two investigative units. We are looking for someone with two to three years reporting experience. If you are a reporter waiting to take the next step or an investigative reporter in a smaller market, this is the job for you. KRQE prides itself on investigative, enterprise, impact journalism. If you are interested in the position ...

IRE nomination call for most secretive government agency or individual

Investigative Reporters and Editors is now welcoming nominations for its third annual Golden Padlock award recognizing the most secretive government agency in the United States.

"Governments have elevated secrecy into a form of high art," said Robert Cribb, chair of the Golden Padlock committee. "We seek to honor those who have excelled in the practice of undermining the public’s right to know."

Nominations should be emailed to goldenpadlock@ire.org including the name of the government department or individual along with reasons and/or media coverage detailing the intransigence. Entries must be submitted to IRE by May 1.

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IRE Radio Podcast | The Navy’s most crash-prone helicopter

When a Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of Virginia in January 2014, Jason Paladino lost one of his childhood friends - Petty Officer Third Class Brian Collins. But instead of grieving the loss and moving on, Paladino, a journalism grad student at UC-Berkeley, decided to investigate. Working with The Virginian-Pilot and NBC News he helped expose serious problems with the MH-53E Sea Dragon, the Navy’s oldest and most crash-prone helicopter.

On this episode of the podcast we’re going behind the investigation with Paladino, Mike Hixenbaugh of The Virginian-Pilot and Anna Schecter of NBC News.

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