IRE News : September 2010

IRE announces new training fellowship for rural journalism

A new fellowship is available for reporters from news organizations that serve a largely rural audience. It will help send such journalists to IRE's computer-assisted reporting boot camps. The R-CAR Fellowship was created by IRE member Daniel Gilbert, to give rural reporters skills that will help them uncover stories that otherwise would not come to light. To read about Gilbert's motivation for creating the fellowship, click here. The fellowship is offered in conjunction with The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. For more information, click here. For an application, click here.

Two photojournalists shot, one killed in Juarez

Two photographers for the Mexican daily newspaper El Diario de Juarez were shot Thursday by unidentified gunmen outside the newspaper offices. Luis Carlos Santiago, a 21-year-old recently-hired photographer, was killed; and another photographer interning at the paper was injured. The assistant editorial director of El Diario, Pedro Torres Estrada has called the attack one against “all journalism in Juarez.” “We consider this an attack against our profession and an attack against El Diario itself once again,” he told the newspaper Reforma in an interview. The incident comes nearly two years after the murder of Armando Rodriguez, a veteran El Diario ... Read more ...

Census workshops scheduled this fall

IRE will present two regional workshops this fall to help you get ready for Census 2010 data and learn how to use annual census surveys to produce compelling enterprise stories. The full-day workshops will be held Oct. 16 in Washington, D.C (full details and registration here) and Nov. 13 in Cincinnati, Ohio (full details and registration here). Print, broadcast and online journalists can use census data for quick-hit, enterprise and investigative stories on nearly any beat. Each full-day workshop will offer nitty-gritty details of the 2010 Census and the annual American Community Survey (ACS), as well as plenty of ... Read more ...

Be a Better Business Watchdog

Polish your skills in computer-assisted reporting (CAR) and learn how to hold local businesses accountable with this free workshop in Atlanta, Oct. 11, co-presented by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Even if you’ve never touched an Excel spreadsheet before, you will leave this hands-on workshop with the skills you need to begin analyzing the wealth of information available in public databases about businesses. For more information and to register go here. The Reynolds Center and IRE will co-present the same workshop in Milwaukee on Nov. 9.