James Risen to headline 2015 IRE Conference in Philadelphia

James Risen

We hope you’re making plans to join us in Philadelphia June 4-7 for the IRE Conference.

We’ll be sharing expected speakers and panels soon, but we're excited to announce our 2015 keynote speaker – James Risen.

Risen is an investigative reporter for the New York Times, based in Washington. He was the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and was a member of the New York Times reporting team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He was also the winner of the 2006 Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting.

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Municipal courts are well-oiled money machine

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigated the municipal court system and found a money-driven system favoring connections and cash over justice.

The report reveals the system is set up to operate in secret and to direct business to lawyers. It expands on the Department of Justice’s findings that Ferguson’s police department acted as a collection agency for a "constitutionally deficient" court.

To read the full story, click here.

You got your hands on a great data set. Now what?

By Glynn A. Hill

Four journalists discussed tips for reporting out a data story at the 2015 CAR Conference in Atlanta. Steve Myers, visiting professor at Texas Christian University and special projects editor at The Lens, facilitated the panel. Speakers included James Ball, a special projects editor at The Guardian; Andy Lehren, a reporter for The New York Times; and Kendall Taggart, a reporter on the investigative team at BuzzFeed News.

So you have that data set. Now what? The next step, they said, is understanding what you have, which demands the following:

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Journalists share tips, stories about getting started in the industry

Want to know how some of the biggest names in journalism got where they are today? We did. So we asked some of our 2015 CAR Conference Knight Scholars to interview conference attendees and share pieces of their conversations for our blog.  


Rikke Østergård Hansen

Rikke Østergård Hansen, Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Before Rikke Østergård Hansen began working as a live reporter for the Danish Broadcast Company, she was a freelancer in Syria. Reporting overseas was a job she'd dreamed about since she was 15 years old.

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Oregon man commits no crime, but held in jail for 900 days

A material witness in a murder case has been held in jail pending trial for nearly 900 days, according to a report by The Oregonian. Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, 58, spends his days like any other inmate at Washington County Jail, despite the fact he’s not charged with any crime.

A special Sunshine Week videos series on the NSA files

This week is Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of open government and access to public information. To honor the occasion, we're unveiling a special video series on the NSA files.

We talked with James Ball, special projects editor at the Guardian, about reporting one of the most high-stakes stories in the last decade.

He discusses the delicate balance between moving quickly and getting the story right. He talks about Edward Snowden's skepticism that the media would be willing to publish the material, and about winning him over and earning more of the documents. The complexity and classified nature ...

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The death of baby Ada Mae and the tragic effects of veteran addiction

A Veterans Affairs office's penchant for over-prescribing painkillers did more than spread addiction. It was the root of dozens of tragedies that scarred the region around Tomah, Wisconsin.

Reveal dug into the death of six-week-old Ada Mae. The horse and buggy she was cradled in with her family was struck in 2009 by a Dodge Caravan, the driver of which was a Marine Corps veteran high on painkillers and tranquilizers from the Tomah VA.

The investigation unravels the widespread addiction problem among veterans and details the collateral damage.

For the full report, click here.

Lack of protocol revealed in Oklahoma execution

Following the April 29th execution of Clayton Lockett, the Tulsa World, along with legal representation from The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma. On Friday, more than 5,000 pages of interview transcripts and other records were released.

The transcripts include about 100 interviews the Department of Public Safety conducted with witnesses during its investigation into Lockett's execution. However, some of the records are heavily redacted without explanation from the DPS.

A hearing in the World's lawsuit is set for March 27 in Oklahoma County District Court.

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