Uncover wage theft with Department of Labor data

Wage theft happens more than you realize, and in some hidden places. Workers in fast food restaurants, big-box stores or hotels aren’t the only ones. We’ve found examples of Colorado’s teachers, doctors and even mortuary workers whom employers have illegally denied wages by skimping on overtime, meal-breaks or just refusing to pay.

Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has started using data from the U.S. Department of Labor to uncover examples of industries and businesses that chronically violate wage laws. The data present fertile grounds for digging across ZIP codes and industries. This guide will help you use ...

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IRE, Esri partner to offer fellowships for mapping training

IRE and Esri have partnered to offer fellowships to attend mapping training at the 2015 Esri Conference from July 18-22 in San Diego or the IRE Mapping Boot Camp from August 7-9 at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mo.

The Esri Conference fellowships cover airfare and four nights lodging, and the Boot Camp fellowships cover airfare and three nights lodging. The Esri Conference schedule includes attendance at the following events: Esri Business Summit (July 18-19) to learn about how international businesses are using advanced mapping technology: Conference Plenary Session (July 20); and hands-on training for journalists.

The application deadline is May ...

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After 13 years of wariness, FDA approves five potentially harmful new diet drugs

After 13 years of rejecting new diet drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed five potentially harmful products on the market in the last three years — including two in the last four months. The agency approved the drugs despite the potential for serious side effects — including suicidal thinking, increased heart rate and cancer risk — and no proof the drugs improve the main health concern posed by obesity: heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. 

Critics worry the new products will repeat the diet-drug mistakes of the past, which have led to decades of injuries, deaths and, in the ...

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Database Editor (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s leading news organization needs a smart, irresistible force to own database journalism across all platforms in America’s most unique city.

By unique I mean a town where money laundering is high art, the CIA operates a (sort of) secret airbase, judges run con games from their chambers, billionaires buy national elections and armed militia face down federal agents because of cows. And that was just in 2014.

This is a great job for someone with superior computer skills, some reporting background, the ability to work with and teach others and - perhaps most importantly ...

IRE members recognized in 2015 Pulitzer Prizes

Several members of Investigative Reporters and Editors were among journalists recognized in the 2015 Pulitzer Prizes on Monday.

  • The Post and Courier of Charleston, SC won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for "Till Death Do Us Part," a series that looked at a deadly trend of domestic violence against women. IRE members Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith and Natalie Caula Hauff contributed to the investigation.
  • The staff of the Seattle Times won the Breaking News Reporting award for their coverage of a landslide that killed 43 people. IRE members Mike Baker, Ken Armstrong, Hal Bernton, Justin Mayo, Jim Neff, Cheryl ...
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Watchdog Coach (The Desert Sun)

The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., is seeking a coach to work on investigative projects with beat-driven watchdog reporters. This content coach collaborates with reporters, photographers and producers to deliver revelatory and layered storytelling across all platforms. This coach organizes and directs First Amendment, public records and data-assisted reporting initiatives at The Desert Sun. This coach leads the most profound journalism produced in the newsroom and plays a vital role in growing audience engagement. Must have an expertise in data analysis and computer-assisted reporting.

Applicants should apply here: https://career4.successfactors.com/career?career_ns=job_listing&company=Gannett&navBarLevel=JOB_ ...

IRE members honored with Peabody Awards

Several members of Investigative Reporters and Editors were named 2014 Peabody Award winners. To learn more about the awards, click here.

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Extra Extra Monday: Tickets for black bicyclists, flaws in FBI hair analysis, new details in a cold case

How riding your bike can land you in trouble with the cops — if you're black | Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Police Department writes more bike tickets than any other agency in Florida, more than Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando combined. The Tampa Bay Times analyzed more than 10,000 of these tickets and found that 8 out of 10 go to black bicyclists. A Tampa Bay Times investigation found that Tampa police target poor, black neighborhoods with a Florida statute that outlaws riding with no light and carrying a rider on the handlebars. Officers use bike law as ...

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