Awards of $1,000 or more are available to assist in conducting investigative projects. These fellowships, for journalists who make their living primarily as freelancers, were created in 2008. The annual application deadline for 2014 is March 31. Apply
Couldn't make it to all of the sessions on your NICAR Conference wish list? We've got audio from nearly every panel and session. Full-length recordings are only available to IRE members. Some short audio clips will be made available to the public using Soundcloud.
To access conference audio, log in to IRE website and go to the CAR Conference schedule page. Find the session you'd like to listen to and click through to the landing page. If you don't remember the name or date of the session, try using the speakers page to look up a ...Read more ...
Ohio, like many others, is a highly gerrymandered state.
Although it’s a considered a swing state in presidential politics, the state’s congressional delegation, Ohio House and Senate are overwhelmingly Republican. In 2012, for example, President Barack Obama beat Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 3 percentage points, but three fourths of the state’s 16 congressional districts were won by Republican candidates.
That’s because the state Legislature draws the congressional districts in Ohio, and Republicans have been in charge since 1990. The Republicans packed as many Democratic voters as possible into four safe Democratic districts with large urban ...Read more ...
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Global News obtained 11 years of collision data and found that “Torontohenge,” when the setting sun aligns with Toronto’s east-west street grid and forces drivers to squint through salt-crusted windshields, coincides with the third-worst day of the year for car accidents.
By Brittany Collins
Michael Pell, a reporter on the Reuters data team in New York, and Joce Sterman, an investigative reporter for WMAR-Baltimore, showed journalists at the 2014 CAR Conference how to mine inspection reports for data.
Several departments hold inspection documents, Sterman said.
- Local health departments keep inspection files on restaurants, schools, airport facilities, school cafeterias and convenience stores.
- State departments of labor, license and regulation keep documents on elevators, amusement park rides, bounce houses and railroad companies.
- State departments of education keep records on daycare facilities and childcare.
Pell suggested reporters look for data in several places:
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By Kimberly Fields
Tor Ekeland, an attorney who represents defendants in federal prosecutions under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act; Scott Klein, senior editor of news applications at ProPublica; and Isaac Wolf, a national reporter for Scripps News, talked about the ethical issues surrounding web scraping during the session “Hacks or Hackers?”
Here are some of the highlights:
- Assume you are going to be challenged: Wolf recently was threatened under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) after he and his news team scrapped 170,000 files, finding a data breach and fraudulent signatures. CFAA prohibits unauthorized access to protected computers ...
By Mariya Moseley
Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica; Lawrence Lanahan, an independent journalist working in Baltimore; and Steve Doig, Arizona State University, shared tips and resources for investigating racial inequality during a session at the 2014 CAR Conference in Baltimore.
Lanahan, who launched a year-long multimedia examination of regional inequality, offered three steps for beginning the investigation process:
- Get data on the disparities
- Find policies and practices driving racial gaps
- Identify and learn the laws and regulations designed to hold people accountable for those policies and practices
Racial inequality extends beyond housing, unemployment and incarceration rates. Hannah-Jones suggested journalists look for disparities ...Read more ...
Reports of scheduled ER visits raised a concern internally that some cardiologists might be using the emergency department to get the costs of uninsured patients’ procedures covered, according to hospital correspondence. In some cases, the government’s Medicaid program and private insurers will pay for procedures done via an emergency-room visit that wouldn’t be covered otherwise, Bloomberg News reports.