IRE News : August 2008

IRE assists in tracking Clinton, McCain donors

A great deal of the news coverage surrounding this week's Democratic National Convention touched on whether the party could recover from a close primary election between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Articles focused on the desire from the Obama campaign to reach out to Clinton supporters, and whether a rift remained in the party. But ABC News decided to dig a little deeper. They reasoned: campaign finance records are, of course, public -- can we use them to take a look at Clinton supporters who may not be so enthused with Obama's nomination? ABC Reporter Marcus Baram knew ... Read more ...

Covering the bridge collapse, one year later, with NICAR data

By Julie Karceski NICAR Data Analyst

One year later, and we’re back where we started.

The one-year anniversary of the Minnesota bridge collapse, Aug. 1, sparked a flurry of articles -- more than 100 in the anniversary week -- reflecting on the event.   Many revealed that bridges in certain states are in worse condition now than one year ago.

Newspapers across the country published stories with updates on the victims and investigations into what caused the collapse.  Many journalists also put a local angle on the anniversary by investigating bridges in their own communities and bringing public safety into question ...

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Coast-to-coast training in September

IRE is partnering on two upcoming training sessions next month that focus on two key areas of beat coverage: business and health.

We'll be in New York City on Sept. 20-21 co-hosting an Investigative Reporting on Business and Finance Conference. A stellar line-up of journalists will cover a wide range of topics from the foreclosure crisis to uncovering tax scandals and corporate wrongdoing. We'll also offer a series of hands-on computer-assisted reporting sessions covering spreadsheets and databases. Among the panelists are reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Donald W. Reynolds ...

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