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
By Irina Ivanova
We all know the census contains data, but getting just the data you want out of it can be tricky. Paul Overberg and Ronald Campbell know this. Campbell used to call American Fact Finder "the tool of the devil" (though today only about a quarter of his audience agrees with him.) But there's hope.
Campbell, an independent journalist in California; Overberg, database editor at USA Today, and Mike Maciag, the data editor for Governing magazine, explained how to use Census-mining tools like IPUMS microdata and Census ...Read more ...
By Karim Lahlou
Journalists Julie Tate, The Washington Post, Rick Yarborough, NBC Washington, shared tips on how to locate sources using a combination of online and offline resources. Whether you’re looking for a source’s location, criminal history, or election contributions, the following list they’ve compiled is more than enough to get started. Get the link here.
By Anna Boiko-Weyrauch
By Irina Ivanova
Veteran investigative journalists Peter Eisler, Dan Keating and Charles Ornstein blitzed through a slew of national databases in "Wading through the sea of data on hospitals, doctors, medicine and more" Friday morning. After the session, Eisler and Ornstein talked about their journey to covering healthcare and possible pitfalls along the way.
Some takeaways from the session:
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a government organization, provides a slew of information on doctors and hospitals. Your first stop should be data.medicare.gov. That's the raw data ...
By Rebecca Lai
Since the dawn of Wikileaks, the public has come to expect original documents. Often, however, government agencies refuse to cooperate and prevent reporters from getting their hands on original records. Even though the Freedom of Information Act and other statutes provide journalists with tools to negotiate, these laws still have flaws and loopholes. Deborah Nelson, Kirsten Mitchell, Michael Ravnitzky and Kate Willson shared tactics that can successfully get you what you're after.
Independent journalist Michael Ravnitzky kicked off the session by covering the basics of open record requests. Government agencies now have enough technical capacity to ...Read more ...
By Tyler Fisher
Many NICAR sessions feature journalists telling other journalists how they can improve their lives and work.
On Thursday, Ben Balter from GitHub made a pitch to journalists from the outside: Become familiar with git and GitHub and you'll be able to make better products on the web.
Balter said his goal was to make the journalists in the room more familiar with GitHub, his product, and git, the underlying distributed version control system behind the product.
The talk had two major sections. The first explained the philosophy and reasoning behind open source.
As Balter explained, open ...Read more ...