IRE announces winners of Freelance Fellowship competition

Projects investigating medical centers, government corruption and immigration law have been awarded IRE Freelance Fellowships this year. The winners of the 2015 competition are:

 

  • Emma Jacobs, First Place, is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-area radio and television journalist. Her project will examine a law firm specializing in immigration law and the impact of its work on families trying to obey U.S. immigration laws. Jacobs earned a degree from Columbia University in Francophone studies.
  • Sarah Angle, Second Place, of Fort Worth, Texas. Angle will study a government medical center in that city, home at any given time to about 1,300 women ...
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Manager, Deputy Editor, Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts)

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life. 

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our ...

Sign up for office hours with legal experts at IRE15

Does your investigation involve complex legal questions? Maybe you're trying to access sealed court records, communicate with confidential sources or fight for public records.

We’ll have three opportunities for IRE Conference attendees to talk with legal experts in one-on-one or small group settings.  

  • The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will hold office hours Thursday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can sign up online for a 15-minute session and get one-on-one advice from a RCFP representative. Katie Townsend, RCFP's Litigation Director; Hannah Bloch-Wehba, its Stanton Foundation Fellow; and Jenn Henrichsen ...
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Cronkite News Executive Editor (Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University)

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, a national leader in journalism education, and Arizona PBS, one of the nation’s largest public media platforms, is seeking an Executive Editor to lead Cronkite News, a multi-platform daily news operation and innovation hub based in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Executive Editor will be an integral part of the school’s top leadership and will be responsible for the daily management and rapid evolution of one of the region’s largest news media organizations.

Cronkite News is comprised of more than a dozen full-time, award-winning professional editors ...

Security camera feeds at schools, jails easily accessible to the public

Hundreds of thousands of security camera feeds could be open to anyone with an Internet browser, according to a Scripps national investigation.

Scripps found schools, jails and stores all with easily accessible video feeds. A security researcher interviewed as part of the investigation reported that three out of four cameras he studied were not secure. The Federal Trade Commission estimates about 25 billion devices are hooked up to the Internet.

IRE Preview: Turn data into stories with our new hands-on classes

While many of our hands-on classes still focus on using software, we recognize that it can be incredibly helpful for journalists to sit down with an expert guide to usher them through the process of turning data into a story. So we're offering something a little different this year at the IRE Conference in Philadelphia – courses that do this very thing.

We're calling the series of classes "Finding the story," and the idea is that these sessions will cover how to obtain important data sets, mine them for potential stories, expose shortcomings in the data and avoid common ...

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In diverse Texas, whites dominate police ranks

White officers dominate in communities across Texas, an investigation by University of Texas at Austin students found. Analyzing current demographic data reported to a state agency, they discovered that almost a third of the state’s police departments had no female officers. The Dallas suburbs had the largest concentration of demographic disparities, where, in most cases, the percentage of white officers was at least 40 percentage points higher than the percentage of white residents. Significant disparities  also were found in East Texas. The investigation was published in Reporting Texas, a UT online news site, and The Dallas Morning News.

IRE Preview: Meet the first intelligence whistleblowers and the journalist who revealed their secrets

Watch the trailer for "1971"

Before Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Wikileaks, there was the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI.

In March 1971, eight citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took hundreds of secret files and shared them with the public. The files revealed massive political surveillance by the FBI against activists in the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement and every movement for rights, including the women’s and gay rights movements.

Despite an intense five-year search for the burglars, the group was never found. Most of them revealed their identities for the ...

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