IRE News : June 2011

Fund honors memory of longtime IRE member and leader David Dietz

A fellowship fund has been created to honor the memory of longtime IRE member David Dietz, president of our organization in 2001-02. Dave was a beloved colleague and friend to many IRE members, and was honored last year with IRE’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his many contributions. Over the past decade, Dave worked as a San Francisco-based investigative reporter for Bloomberg Markets magazine. He had a 40-year career in journalism, including positions at TheStreet.com, The San Francisco Chronicle and The San Francisco Examiner. He won more than 30 national and regional reporting awards for investigating corporate ...

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Training from Orlando you can take home

More than 850 journalists, educators and other professionals learned new skills, shared ideas and discussed best practices for journalism at the 2011 IRE Conference. Whether you made it to the conference or not, there are tips and tools that can be used in daily reporting and long-term projects.Now that the conference is in the past, it's time to dig in and get to work. Here are some resources that can help:

Tipsheets from the conference, which are still being organized by IRE's staff, can be found in the Resource Center by searching for 2011 IRE Conference (Orlando ...

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New board members elected at membership meeting

Four incumbents and two new members were elected to the IRE Board of Directors during the annual membership meeting June 11 in Orlando. The board members will serve two-year terms on the 13-member board. Here are the election winners (with vote totals):

  • Incumbent Alison Young, USA Today (207)
  • Incumbent Leonard Downie, Jr., Arizona State University/ The Washington Post (190)
  • Incumbent Lea Thompson, broadcast journalist/producer (171)
  • Incumbent David Cay Johnston, author (166)
  • New member Josh Meyer, Northwestern University (123)
  • New member Matt Waite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (119)

Other candidates for the Board of Directors were:

  • Stephen Stock, WFOR-Miami (114)
  • Jill ...
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DocumentCloud joins IRE

Investigative Reporters and Editors is proud to announce that DocumentCloud is becoming part of our organization.

DocumentCloud, funded through a grant from the Knight News Challenge, provides a set of tools and technologies designed to help journalists analyze and share source documents, and make it simple to publish those documents to the Web. Launched less than a year ago, the service, which allows news organizations to upload documents and make them public, is used by more than 250 news organizations and is home to more than 80,000 documents.

IRE is providing a home for DocumentCloud and ensuring that news ...

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IRE announces new online Census service

Investigative Reporters and Editors is pleased to announce the next phase in our ongoing Census project, designed to make it easier and faster for journalists to work with 2010 Census data. The new online interactive tool has been developed to crunch and download data from the next series of census data releases this summer. The project is the result of work by journalists from the The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, the Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, funded through generous support from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of ... Read more ...

Former IRE Board president Dietz remembered as strong leader, stellar journalist

Longtime IRE member David Dietz, president of our organization in 2001-02, passed away Wednesday, June 1,  after a battle with cancer. Dave was a beloved colleague and friend to many of us, and was honored last year with IRE's Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his many contributions. Over the past decade, Dave worked as a San Francisco-based investigative reporter for Bloomberg Markets magazine. He had a 40-year career in journalism, including positions at TheStreet.com, The San Francisco Chronicle and The San Francisco Examiner. He won more than 30 national and regional reporting awards for investigating corporate fraud ... Read more ...

It’s not too late to attend the IRE Conference in Orlando!

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 Wednesday, June 8 at 4 p.m.  and will continue through Saturday during the conference, being held at the Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld, 6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida. View the schedule and expected speakers today!