Learn to acquire electronic information, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze information and translate that information into stories. These boot camps are offered several times each year. In addition, NICAR provides followup help when participants return to their organizations.
Dear Friends and Members of IRE:
This has been a remarkable year for IRE. Our two annual conferences were among the largest we’ve held, our trainers worked with journalists in 23 states and in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and membership is at its highest point in many years.
Our reach has grown, strengthening IRE’s 38-year commitment to teaching journalists ways to uncover facts that make a difference. We stretch each dollar we receive to strengthen the investigative reporting skills of journalists in every medium.
More than ever, IRE has been there for you ...
The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans—and likely hundreds more—during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. Besieged by psychologically damaged troops returning from the battlefields of North Africa, Europe and the Pacific, the Veterans Administration performed the brain-altering operation on former servicemen it diagnosed as depressives, psychotics and schizophrenics, and occasionally on people identified as homosexuals.
The VA doctors considered themselves conservative in using lobotomy. Nevertheless, desperate for effective psychiatric treatments, they carried out the surgery at VA ...Read more ...
"An Arizona Republic analysis found that despite warnings from fire and forestry experts, and nature itself, the state’s wildlands are dangerously overgrown. Arizonans, meanwhile, have since 1990 built more than 230,000 homes and other structures in wildfire-prone areas, creating risks for themselves and the firefighters called upon to protect them."
Mother Jones found that 194 children -- 12 and younger -- have been shot to death since Newtown. The analyzed news reports and found that 127 children were killed in their own homes and 72 victims were killed by other children.
"Our media-based analysis of child gun deaths also understates the problem, as numerous such killings likely never appear in the news. New research by two Boston surgeons drawing on pediatric records suggests that the real toll is higher: They've found about 500 deaths of children and teens per year, and an additional 7,500 hospitalizations from gunshot wounds."
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Dasani, a young homeless girl in New York City, belongs to a vast and invisible tribe of more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression, the New York Times reports.
In the short span of Dasani’s life, her city has been reborn. The skyline soars with luxury towers, beacons of a new gilded age. More than 200 miles of fresh bike lanes connect commuters to high-tech jobs, passing through upgraded parks and avant-garde projects like the High Line and Jane’s Carousel. Posh retail has spread from its Manhattan roots to ...Read more ...
Doctors choose the more expensive drug more than half a million times every year, a choice that costs the Medicare program, the largest single customer, an extra $1 billion or more annually, the Washington Post reports.
Spending that much may make little sense for a country burdened by ever-
rising health bills, but as is often the case in American health care, there is a certain economic logic: Doctors and drugmakers profit when more-costly treatments are adopted.
Although state officials have provided the public scant detail about the troubled launch of Maryland's version of Obamacare, emails and documents show that the project was beset behind the scenes for months by an array of technical issues, warring contractors and other problems.
Since Maryland's online health exchange opened Oct. 1 for people to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act — and immediately crashed — the two main companies in charge of the website have taken their fight to court, a corporate project manager was replaced and a high-powered consulting firm was quietly brought in to restore order. Though ...Read more ...
Investigative Reporters and Editors is launching a student-journalist mentor program. This one-year program is a rare opportunity for a limited number of student journalists to be paired with a professional journalist for one-on-one guidance, advice, critiques and conversation, and online training opportunities.
The goal for students is to gain valuable knowledge, advice and experience by working closely with some of the greatest minds in the business.
College students who have at least two semesters or four quarters of school before graduation and who are members of IRE are eligible to apply. There is no cost.
The deadline for applications is ...Read more ...