IRE News : August 2010

Upcoming Statistics Boot Camp - November 12-14, 2010

Return to your newsroom ready to craft statistics into stories that count! This workshop is aimed at strengthening the skills of reporters who already are familiar with basic computer-assisted reporting and want to add statistical analysis to their toolkits. Stats camp introduces attendees to SPSS, one of the most commonly used statistical analysis programs. Taught by Jennifer LaFleur, director of computer-assisted reporting for ProPublica, and David Donald, data editor for The Center for Public Integrity.  For more information and to register, go to:

Audio from 2010 IRE Conference now available to members

Audio from the 2010 IRE Conference (Las Vegas, Nev.) is now available for members to stream online. A DVD of the audio is available to order from the Resource Center. Conference attendees can obtain a copy for $5 (to cover shipping/handling). Additional copies can be ordered for $20 each. Members who did not attend the conference can purchase a copy for $20 (price includes shipping). (Please note, at the 2010 conference we did not tape every session. The panels held in Champagne Ballroom 1, Champagne Ballroom 2, Champagne Ballroom 3/4 and Versailles 3/4 were recorded.)

"The New Muckrakers" available from IRE

Be inspired by the greats who heralded in a new breed of watchdog journalism. "The New Muckrakers," with an updated forward by author Leonard Downie, Jr., is now available from IRE. Downie's classic examines a crucial era in the rich history of investigative reporting in America. His exploration of the "new muckrakers" includes insider anecdotes and personal insights from some of the biggest investigations and investigators of the last century, including:
  • Woodward and Bernstein's coverage of Watergate Seymour Hersh uncovering the My Lai massacre
  • Barlett and Steele's revelation of deep problems with Philadelphia's criminal court system ...
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