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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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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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