IRE News : May 2009

It's not too late to come to the IRE conference in Baltimore

While early-bird registration has ended, you have not missed your opportunity to attend this great training event.  On-site registrations will be accepted beginning Wednesday evening from 4-6 p.m. and will continue Thursday – Saturday during the conference, being held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna Street. Learn from the best in the business, including Bob Woodward, Seymour Hersh, Barlett and Steele, Brian Ross, David Simon and keynote speaker Jon Klein of CNN. Attend sessions that will help you dig into the issues surrounding the economic crisis, use technology to improve your reporting and reach your audience, and provide better ... Read more ...

Board elections, amendment at Baltimore conference

At the 2009 IRE Conference in Baltimore, IRE members will be electing six board members. (See the candidate list.) They also will vote on a proposed amendment to the organization's Articles of Incorporation to lift the restriction on the number of academic members who can serve on the board. Currently only one member of the 13-member board may fall into this category. If this amendment passes, there would be no limit. (There are no academic members on the current board.) Candidate filing remains open until noon on June 12. IRE members who are unable to attend the 2009 IRE ... Read more ...

Quick tips from the training blog

Check out the IRE on the Road blog for several new postings, including:

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Budget cuts reconfigure Database Library staff

IRE training director Jaimi Dowdell and NICAR academic adviser David Herzog have assumed responsibilities for the IRE and NICAR Database Library. Like many companies and nonprofits, IRE has seen a drop in revenue this year. As a result, we were forced to cut expenses. As part of that reduction, we eliminated funding for the Database Library director position. We’ll miss the contributions of Jeremy Milarsky, who held the position since early last year. With Jaimi and David—both of whom have extensive experience in data analysis—we will continue to offer the services IRE members have come to depend ... Read more ...

Hotel and registration deadlines extended for IRE'09

The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront has given us an extension to make reservations at our group rate for the 2009 IRE Conference. Make your reservation before Monday, May 25 to take advantage of the group rate and the added incentives. Rooms in our block are going quickly, so book your room today before they are gone. We have also extended the early-bird registration until Monday, May 25. Register today to take advantage of the discounted rate. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Discounts, roommates make IRE'09 affordable for students

J-school students can learn from the biggest names in investigative journalism — at a reduced rate — during the upcoming IRE Conference in Baltimore. Students receive a $75 discount off the early-bird conference registration rate, so it costs only $100. In addition, the student membership is just $25. In addition, an online roommate forum gives students a way to connect and save on hotel costs. And there are still some low-cost air fares available. The event will be held June 11-14 at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront. May 15 is the last day for hotel reservations at the conference discount rate (if rooms ... Read more ...

Great broadcast lineup for IRE'09

These are tough times in broadcasting, but the upcoming IRE Conference promises to be a good investment – arming journalists with the information they need to deliver strong, timely investigative reports for their news organizations when they return home. The event will be held June 11-14 at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront. May 15 is the last day for hotel reservations at the conference discount rate (if rooms are still available). Investigative journalism’s biggest names – Bob Woodward, Seymour Hersh, James Bamford, Brian Ross, Armen Keteyian, Byron Pitts and many others – headline the conference. Jon Klein, president of CNN-U.S., will deliver ... Read more ...