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Behind the Story: How the WSJ uncovered a flawed system of reporting police killings

Rob Barry (left) and Coulter Jones (right)

Rob Barry and Coulter Jones set out to analyze police killings, not poke holes in the system that tracks them.

But when their sources started questioning the way they’d looked at the numbers – questioning, really, the numbers themselves – the two decided there was a more fundamental issue to be explored.

Their December report for the Wall Street Journal found that the FBI’s national tally of police killings didn’t include hundreds of such incidents from the six-year period they examined. Barry and Jones received information from 105 of the largest police ...

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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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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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Mark your calendar for the first IRE Seattle Meetup this month

Join us for the first-ever IRE Seattle Meetup! We’ll be joining with AAJA and SPJ and gathering at The Diller Room (1224 First Ave. in Seattle) on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 5-8 p.m. As with all of our Meetups, you don’t have to be an IRE member to attend. So bring a friend, colleague or anyone you know who loves investigative reporting/data journalism.

Please RSVP online for the event and join the IRE Seatle Meetup group if you haven’t already. 

Not in Seattle? We have six Meetup groups across the country.

Anthony DeBarros joins DocumentCloud as Director of Product Development

DocumentCloud is pleased to announce that Anthony DeBarros is joining our team as Director of Product Development.

DeBarros joins DocumentCloud from Gannett Digital, where he was Director of Interactive Applications, leading a team that built data-driven interactives for investigations, elections and the Gannett platform as well as publishing tools for the company's journalists. Before joining Gannett Digital, he spent 15 years with USA TODAY as a database editor and investigative journalist, working alongside the newsroom's database team on demographics analysis and investigations. He began his news career as a radio reporter in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and a reporter ...

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Don't forget to enter 2014 IRE Awards

It's time to consider entering your best work into the IRE Awards. Among the most prestigious in journalism, the IRE Awards recognize outstanding investigative reporting across all media. Eligible entries must have been published or aired between January 1 and December 31, 2014. The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2015.

How to enter the IRE Awards: You can now enter the IRE Awards contest online. You must be a current member to enter the IRE Awards. If you are not a member, you can join online. Once you are registered and logged in on our website you will ...

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Alex Richards joins IRE training team

Alex Richards is joining IRE as a member of our training team.

Richards comes to IRE from the Chicago Tribune, where he had been a reporter specializing in investigative data journalism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize in 2011 and was awarded the Goldsmith and the Scripps Howard Farfel investigative reporting awards, among others, for the Las Vegas Sun series “Do No Harm,” with ProPublica’s Marshall Allen.

More recently, he shared IRE's FOI medal for a series on Chicago's truancy epidemic. In addition to reporting from Nevada for the Sun, he previously helped manage data ...

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IRE Office Closed for the Holidays

In celebration of the coming holidays, the IRE and NICAR offices will close Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 23 through Friday, Jan. 2 . While staff will be checking in periodically, coverage will be sporadic.

We appreciate your patience and will see you in the new year.


Several IRE members win 2015 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards

Congratulations to the several IRE members who recently were recognized with 2015 duPont-Columbia Awards. Their hard work and dedication to good investigative journalism helps keep the public informed and educated on important topics that affect their daily lives and communities.

Wendy Halloran, Mark Phillips, Bryan West and Mark Casey, along with colleagues at KPNX 12 News in Phoenix, for "Raked Over the Coals." The team doggedly pursued and refuted claims that the city’s arson squad had the highest arson clearance rate of any major U.S. city’s fire department.

Madeleine Baran, Mike Cronin, Tom Scheck and the team ...

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Database quantifies wasted natural gas from Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas

An interactive map shows how the volume of flared gas in Texas counties has increased over time – especially in the Eagle Ford Shale. 

By John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News

The energy boom that’s showering rural South Texas with money is also wasting an irreplaceable natural resource.

Drive through the bustling oil patch of the Eagle Ford Shale, located about an hour away from San Antonio, and you’ll quickly lose count of fiery gas flares that dot the countryside.

Natural gas is cheap. Pipelines are expensive. So instead of collecting the fossil fuel, many oil and gas operators build ...

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