IRE News : July 2010

On The Road: Manage your time for investigative stories

By Doug Haddix IRE training director Time management can be a reporter’s biggest challenge when it comes to watchdog stories. During a recent Better Watchdog Workshop in Denver, two seasoned investigative journalists shared tips and tricks they’ve learned to make time for the big story. Advice and tips came from Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Laura Frank of the I-News Network based in Denver. Rutledge drew examples from her “Cashing in on Kids” series about fraud in tax-subsidized day care – winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Frank recalled lessons learned from her ... Read more ...

State Dept reverses decision to allow Colombian journalist to enter country for Neiman Foundation fellowship

The U.S. State Department has reversed its decision to deny a visa to Colombian investigative journalist Hollman Morris, clearing the way for Morris to participate in the Nieman Foundation for Journalism’s fellowship program at Harvard University. IRE and many other journalism organizations contacted the State Department asking officials to reconsider their initial decision. Morris initially was told that his visa had been denied under the terrorist activities section of the Patriot Act. Morris’ work focuses largely on human rights issues, and he has been critical of the Colombian government. In our letter to the State Department, IRE argued ... Read more ...

August Mapping Boot Camp -- seats are still available, register today!

Take your CAR skills to the next level by learning how to uncover the “where” in your data, and receive a great deal on ArcView geographic system information system (GIS) software in this Aug. 13-15 bootcamp.  Instructors Jennifer LaFleur of ProPublica and David Herzog of NICAR will lead this intensive three-day session in Columbia, MO.  You’ll learn how to create simple data maps and perform more sophisticated geographic analysis. You’ll also learn how to geocode data and deal with projections. IRE and NICAR are offering substantial discounts on ArcView mapping software.  ESRI is offering ArcView single-use licenses at ... Read more ...

IRE board protests State Dept's visa denial for Colombian investigative journalist

[caption id="attachment_1239" align="alignleft" width="120" caption="Hollman Morris Courtesy of Nieman Journalism Lab"][/caption] The board of Investigative Reporters and Editors joins other journalism organizations in the United States to protest the U.S. State Department’s recent decision to deny a visa for Colombian investigative journalist Hollman Morris, who was selected as a Nieman fellow for the 2010-2011 year at Harvard University. Morris is among the most prominent investigative TV reporters in Colombia and often courageously goes behind the lines of guerilla wars there to collect information for his stories primarily focusing on human rights. He’s ... Read more ...