Athletes, teams donate big to political campaigns

An investigative team analyzed thousands of financial records from federal, state and local elections and discovered how sports teams, owners and athletes are contributing to political campaigns.

The 10 Investigates team from Tampa Bay and Sarasota’s 10 News found that many of the area’s major teams have contributed political funds – usually toward the state’s dominant party. The experts they interviewed suggest the money is seen as an investment to tip legislators toward passing stadium-friendly legislation.

To read and watch the full story, click here.

News Reporter (The Press & Sun-Bulletin)

The Press & Sun-Bulletin and in Binghamton, NY would like to talk to you if you are interested in a job as a news reporter with emphasis on the three main digital platforms – web, mobile and tablet – as well as print. We are designing now for the future and need a reporter who can write solid stories, produce video and knows how to get our audiences’ attention using social media. While we embrace change to survive and thrive, we also value our journalistic fundamentals, especially watchdog and investigative reporting. You’ll need to do some of both. Our newsroom ...

Training Director (Investigative Reporters and Editors)

If you're interested in a career that gives you the chance to have tremendous impact in newsrooms worldwide, that is immensely rewarding, that offers the opportunity for travel and that allows you to work from home, we've got the job for you.

Investigative Reporters and Editors is adding a new Training Director position. You will join a strong organization with a more than 35-year commitment to improving journalism internationally by providing training and resources. IRE's training directors lead regional workshops, provide customized training in newsrooms large and small, develop online training and play an integral role in ...

Vote now for the 2015 NICAR T-shirt

NICAR received 21 submissions for its annual T-shirt contest, and voting is now open!

Voting will stay open for about two weeks, ending Sunday, Nov. 2 at midnight. The proposal with the most votes will be sold as a T-shirt at the upcoming CAR Conference, March 5-8, 2015 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Runners-up will be sold as laptop stickers. Votes will be tallied shortly after voting closes.

The designer of the winning T-shirt also gets a free shirt and $50 in the IRE Store.

Visit the contest page to view the designs and vote.

Extra Extra Monday: Uneven assessments, National Guard misconduct, Chicago migration myth

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By measure after measure, in cities, towns and villages across Wisconsin, property assessors are discounting uniformity and trampling on fairness, while officials with the state Department of Revenue do little to rectify the disparities, an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has found.

In dozens of communities, 20% or more of residential property taxes are being paid by the wrong people, according to the Journal Sentinel's analysis of Department of Revenue records for each of the state's 1,852 municipalities. The analysis considered communities ...

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Web Producer (KPBS)

KPBS San Diego seeks a web producer with strong news judgment; excellent reporting, writing and editing skills; and exceptional online and social media talents. We're looking for someone to grow and diversify our audience with top-notch news coverage. 

Requires BA or equivalent and 2 years of experience in journalism. 

All applicants must apply online at: and include links to work samples, including a radio, TV or web story.

IRE Radio Podcast | Hazardous Health Care

It's not easy prying information out of hospitals and health departments. On our podcast this week we’ll hear from journalists who successfully negotiated for the data or documents they needed to fuel an investigation. Here’s the lineup:

  • Gary Dotson of the Belleville News-Democrat shares the paper’s 2012 story about the state’s failure to investigate after disabled adults living at home died from abuse or neglect.
  • Robin Fields of ProPublica explains how she successfully argued for data on dialysis facilities across the country.
  • Ellen Gabler of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discusses “Deadly Delays,” an investigation that ...
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