IRE News : October 2008

Precision Journalism 101

Listen to Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona State University, and Philip Meyer, recently retired Knight Chair at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, discuss the past and future of precision journalism.  They share examples of how social science techniques and advances in personal computing have given journalists the tools to find stories that matter. Click to hear the audio file, edited from “Precision Journalism: Where we've come from and where we're going,” a panel at the 2008 IRE Conference in Miami. It might even inspire you to enter the Philip Meyer Journalism Awards. Postmark ... Read more ...

Philip Meyer Award - Call for Entries

It’s time to apply for the Philip Meyer Award!  Established in 2005, the award was created to honor Philip Meyer’s pioneering efforts to utilize social science research methods to foster better journalism. The contest recognizes stories that incorporate social science tools — from probabilities to survey research — in creative ways that lead to journalism vital to the community. Three awards are given annually:
  • $500 for 1st place
  • $300 for 2nd place
  • $200 for 3rd place
Last year’s winning entries uncovered cheating on standardized tests, inequities in the use of the death penalty and failures of the U.S ... Read more ...

Save the Date - 2009 Conferences

2009 CAR Conference This year's Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) conference is being held March 19-22, 2009, in Indianapolis, Ind., at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre.  Registration and hotel information is available at  The conference will offer everything from cutting-edge technology to the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping.  Learn from the best in panel discussions and during hands-on training sessions. 2009 IRE Conference Mark your calendars for the IRE conference being held June 11-14, 2009, at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Md.  Watch for registration and hotel information coming soon on our ... Read more ...