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Apply now for a Freelance Fellowship

IRE is once again offering fellowships for independent journalists who are working on investigative projects. And thanks to the generosity of IRE members and a donor who provided matching money, we're able to offer larger fellowships this year. 

First place will win $2,500; second place will get $1,500 and third place will get $1,000.

Applications are due by Friday, April 3. For more information on the fellowship and how to submit an application, visit our Fellowships & Scholarships page.

See past winners and read testimonials online.

IRE nomination call for most secretive government agency or individual

Investigative Reporters and Editors is now welcoming nominations for its third annual Golden Padlock award recognizing the most secretive government agency in the United States.

"Governments have elevated secrecy into a form of high art," said Robert Cribb, chair of the Golden Padlock committee. "We seek to honor those who have excelled in the practice of undermining the public’s right to know."

Nominations should be emailed to goldenpadlock@ire.org including the name of the government department or individual along with reasons and/or media coverage detailing the intransigence. Entries must be submitted to IRE by May 1.

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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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Deadlines approaching for free training programs

Looking to train yourself or your newsroom? We have several opportunities - many of them free - with March application deadlines. Tell us who you want to train, and we'll match you with a program.

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An entire newsroom

Total Newsroom Training is your opportunity to have intense, in-house investigative training -- for free. If your organization is hungry for customized investigative training and can't afford it, apply today. Spots are limited. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 22. Learn more about the program and application process.

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Free upgraded CartoDB accounts for IRE members

Today IRE is announcing a partnership with CartoDB to provide upgraded accounts free to IRE members, who can use CartoDB to analyze data and tell stories with interactive maps.

Upgraded accounts include features from CartoDB's paid accounts:

  • More space (about 100MB)
  • Private data tables and sync tables (for syncing external data sources that are updated at regular/irregular intervals)
  • 30% discount for any account upgrades

You must have an existing CartoDB account before requesting the free upgrade. Sign up for free here. To upgrade your account, email cartodb@ire.org with the subject line: "CartoDB upgrade".

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Remembering Dori Maynard, champion of diversity in journalism

Listen to Dori Maynard speak at the 2014 IRE Conference

Dori J. Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and longtime champion of diversity in journalism and civic life, died Tues., Feb. 24. She was 56.

From the Maynard Institute:

Maynard advocated tirelessly for the future of the institute and its programs, reminding all that the work of bringing the diverse voices of America into news and public discourse is more vital than ever. Under her leadership, the Institute has trained some of the top journalists in the country and helped newsrooms tell more inclusive and ...

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Total Newsroom Training is back!

IRE is happy to announce the return of the Total Newsroom Training program. This is your newsroom’s opportunity to have intense, in-house investigative training -- for free. If your organization is hungry for customized investigative training and can't afford it, apply today. Spots are limited.

Total Newsroom Training is designed to increase the ability of news organizations to provide watchdog and enterprise coverage for their communities and to produce work that can lead to change and improvements.

The program is meant to help small to medium-size news organizations, and IRE customizes training based on the needs of the organization ...

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Apply now for free training in LA, Omaha and Atlanta

Do you have reporters or editors on your staff who would benefit from training to help them produce enterprise and investigative stories?

Thanks to a grant from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) is working with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) to offer a two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshop for journalists from your region.

We're looking for two reporters, editors or producers from your newsroom who you believe have the desire and the potential to do in-depth investigative stories. No previous investigative reporting experience necessary. This workshop ...

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IRE members honored with Polk awards

The winners of the 2014 George Polk Awards in Journalism, announced Sunday by Long Island University, included several IRE members. The awards honor special achievement in journalism, particularly in the areas of investigative and enterprise reporting. The following IRE members were honored in this year’s awards:

Listen to Dennis Wagner discuss his coverage of the Phoenix VA on the IRE Radio Podcast
  • Rania Abouzeid, an independent journalist writing for Politico Magazine, received the foreign reporting award for “The Jihad Next Door.” Read the story.
  • Dennis Wagner of The Arizona Republic was recognized in the military reporting category for his ...
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Survey: Investigative reporting continues despite surveillance, privacy concerns

Despite concerns over government surveillance, a recent survey of IRE members found that few have let those worries prevent them from pursuing a story or reaching out to a source.

In December the Pew Research center surveyed journalists who are IRE members about issues including electronic surveillance and digital privacy. Today Pew released its findings, based on confidential responses from 671 journalists, in a report and interactive.

Here are some of their findings:

  • Most investigative journalists (64 percent) believe the U.S. government has collected data about their phone calls, emails or online communications, and eight-in-ten believe that being a ...
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