IRE News : February 2011

CAR conference comes to Raleigh

IRE's annual Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference is taking place in Raleigh this weekend. On-site registration is still available. Find computer-assisted reporting tips and news from the conference on the conference blog or search for the hashtag #NICAR11 on Twitter.

It's not too late to attend the CAR Conference in Raleigh!

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 Thursday, February 24 at 7:30 a.m. and will continue through Saturday during the conference, being held at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, 500 Fayetteville Street. View the schedule and expected speakers today!

IRE Receives $100,000 from Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation

Investigative Reporters and Editors has received a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in support of its Better Watchdog Workshop program. This series of regional workshops is one of IRE’s signature programs and brings vital training in investigative reporting techniques to journalists nationwide. “Strong support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation has brought this crucial program to thousands of journalists throughout the country over the past several years,” IRE Executive Director Mark Horvit said. “This new grant will have great impact in communities large and small, as we bring training that helps journalists ... Read more ...

Early registration ends Monday at noon for CAR Conference

There are only three days left to take advantage of the early-bird rate to attend IRE’s Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference. The deadline to register for the early rate of $195 ends Monday, Feb. 14, at noon. You’ll still be able to register on-site, at a rate of $225. Registration information can be found here. Come and learn about tools you need to dig deeper into stories and give readers, viewers and your online audience the information they're demanding. The CAR conference offers something for everyone, from beginners to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. We'll ... Read more ...

2011 Philip Meyer Award winners announced

Three major investigative reports that used social science research methods as key parts of their probes were named today as winners of the 2010 Philip Meyer Journalism Award. The Los Angeles Times took first place for its project “Grading the Teachers.” Using gain-score analysis, the staff at the Times analyzed the test scores of individual students and their teachers to identify the most and least effective teachers based on the how much their students’ test scores improved. In second place is “Sexual Assault on Campus,” a project spearheaded by the Center for Public Integrity. The series utilized survey methods to ... Read more ...

IRE expands Census toolkit

Investigative Reporters and Editors has produced, gathered and organized a wealth of resources for mining census data. New Census 2010 data will be released on a rolling basis through the summer. American Community Survey census data comes out every year now, down to the tract level. Here’s a sample of the tools to help IRE members with background, story ideas, data and more: Census panels at the CAR Conference Join us Feb. 24-27 in Raleigh, N.C., for the annual Computer-Assisting Reporting Conference. This year, we’re offering a variety of census training. Get story ideas to cover the ... Read more ...

Census 2010 webinar available

Get ready for the next wave of Census 2010 data with a new webinar from IRE. The Census 2010 webinar is available for purchase and download here. Cost is $5 for IRE members and $10 for nonmembers. Beginning later this week, the U.S. Census Bureau will start releasing detailed Census 2010 data for each state. The process will take several weeks, concluding by the end of March. The 30-minute webinar by IRE training director Doug Haddix offers a detailed look at how to get the data, the timetable for various releases in coming months and a wealth of story ...
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