Donate an IRE membership, help support the next generation of investigative journalists

IRE members are amazing.

Last year, we launched an effort to help students get access to our resources and events through a Student Sponsorship Program. We knew that many of you were aware of either sharp journalism students, or programs that produce them, and we asked you to help by sponsoring memberships for those students. Nearly 100 of you took part, and the results have been spectacular. Today we're launching a second drive to bring in more of those young journalists. Our philosophy is that the sooner we can expose them to IRE and our members, the more likely ...

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Arrest records, census data reveal racial disparities in marijuana arrests

Many of us have read national stories about racial disparities in marijuana arrests. We wanted to tell our own readers what that looks like with local police departments and local people.

We found that the disparity not only exists in our area, but is much worse than disparities reported on the national and state level.

Black people in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties are at least six times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as white people on a per capita basis.

We had started working on stories independently. After we discovered that, our editors agreed to give us ...

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Senior Knight International Journalism Fellow, Africa (International Center for Journalists)

The International Center for Journalists seeks outstanding applicants for a Knight International Journalism Fellowship opening in Africa specializing in health and development journalism.

The Senior Knight Journalism Fellow will play a leading role in overseeing ICFJ’s African journalism initiative beginning in early 2015. The goal of the project is to catalyze news media to deliver ongoing, high-quality health and development news that engages audiences by harnessing digital tools.

We define audience engagement as measurable instances where citizens:

  • Consume and interact with news
  • Contribute to and co-create news
  • Amplify the news by sharing it online and offline
  • Act on news ...

Winning T-shirt selected for NICAR 2015

The votes are in and the 2015 NICAR T-shirt has been selected!

The winner is a blue T-shirt with "I CODE LIKE A JOURNALIST." The winning design comes from defending champion Jeremy Bowers of The New York Times.

Bowers' design will be on sale at the 2015 CAR Conference in Atlanta and the IRE store. In addition, Jeremy will receive $50 to use in the IRE Store and a free T-shirt.

Lena Groeger of ProPublica came in second place with her design featuring locations of past NICAR conferences. You’ll be able to buy her design as a sticker.

Thanks ...

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2014 Philip Meyer Award winners announced

IRE is proud to announce the 2014 Philip Meyer Award winners.

Three data-driven investigative reports were named today as winners of the 2014 Philip Meyer Journalism Award. The projects, using social science research methods, revealed how tens of billions of dollars were being used improperly by the Medicare Advantage system; discovered that temporary workers are increasingly being used to fill some of America’s dirtiest and more dangerous jobs with few, if any benefits; and exposed that government at all levels remains unable or unwilling to address the problem of rising sea levels while continuing to incentivize growth in those ...

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3 ideas for covering America’s booming prison population

The United States is a world leader in incarceration, with more than 2 million people in prisons and jails. At the 2014 IRE Conference Barry Krisberg, a senior fellow at UC Berkeley Law School, discussed a handful of trends for journalists to follow in the coming year. Here are three to keep an eye on:

1. Lawsuits and conditions stemming from the Americans with Disabilities Act

Every correctional facility is subject to the ADA, but officials are still figuring out how to comply with it. Journalists can keep tabs on the resulting lawsuits – cases Krisberg says will be a "slam ...

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County consultant awarded contract despite not paying rent

Tom Akers and his consulting firm have enjoyed a long, lucrative relationship with Clark County.

Akers & Associates has a two-year, $227,500 county contract, the most recent in a line of business arrangements since 2007, when he was hired to teach small and dis­advantaged businesses how to navigate the county’s procurement process and secure county contracts. Under Akers’ guidance, the county's program offers classes on fundamental business practices such as cash-flow management.

But while paying Akers to teach others how to run their businesses and work with the county, the county has sued its favored consultant over ...

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Journalist/Peer Reviewer (Global Integrity)

Global Integrity is hiring journalists to review transparency data in all 50 states. Peer Reviewers will play a key role in the data quality control process by carefully reading, vetting and fact-checking the information submitted by the Lead Researcher. Peer Reviewers are typically journalists, governance experts, or academics with specific expertise and deep knowledge of specific governance areas. They must have an excellent grasp of the state’s transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption mechanisms.

Peer Reviewers will provide substantive feedback on the indicators’ accuracy, relevance, and balance and must have substantive knowledge in a number of the below issue areas listed ...