IRE News : December 2010

2010 IRE Awards - Call for Entries

Please do not miss the opportunity to enter your best work in the 2010 IRE Awards. The postmark deadline is Friday, January 14, 2011. The entry form can be found online. Eligible work must have been published or aired between January 1 and December 31, 2010. Please note we have added two new categories in the IRE Awards this year:
  • Partnership or Collaboration: Recognizing excellence in investigative reporting projects completed as a partnership or collaboration among various media entities.
  • Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism: Recognizing the use of digital innovation in the gathering and/or delivery of watchdog ...
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IRE Board urges government restraint regarding Wikileaks documents

The Board of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) strongly encourages the U.S. government to exercise great restraint when considering matters surrounding the documents released through Wikileaks or taking any actions that could undermine American traditions of a free press and open government. While controversy exists about the nature of Wikileaks’ activities and the disclosure of information leaked from government sources, the Board is deeply troubled about the impact that improper or imprudent government response could have upon First Amendment freedoms that are essential to a healthy democracy. Profound injustices and wrongdoing have been exposed throughout the history of ... Read more ...

Why students should attend the CAR conference

By Derek Willis IRE Member Hey there, journalism student! A bunch of your colleagues are having a get-together in February, and you should come. Actually, you need to be there. I’m talking about Investigative Reporters and Editors’ annual Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference, held in Raleigh, North Carolina. Several days of panelshands-on training and talks with journalists from all kinds of news organizations. There’s even a great side event on data visualization. This conference changed my career, and I’m betting it can do the same for you. For many of you, this may be a step into the ... Read more ...

IRE calls for change in Texas university’s public records policy

Investigative Reporters and Editors has joined the Society of Professional Journalists and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in asking administrators at Tarleton State University to stop barring instructors from assigning journalism students to request public records from the school. The University, part of the Texas A&M System, is enforcing a policy that prohibits employees from filing open records requests or encouraging others to do so. The text of the letter is below:

December 8, 2010

Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio President, Tarleton State University

Dr. Gary Peer Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Tarleton State University ...

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Census webinar ready for download

This month, new American Community Survey data for census tracts will be released. This will be the first detailed demographic data at the neighborhood level from the U.S. Census Bureau since the 2000 “long form.” To help you make sense of the treasure trove of story ideas at the local level, IRE has produced a 25-minute webinar. It’s available for download here ($5 for IRE members, $10 for nonmembers). You will need version 9.0 or newer of the free Adobe Reader to view it and hear the audio narration. The American Community Survey gathers information every year ...
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