IRE News : November 2011

IRE members find their fashion sense in NICAR T-shirt contest

There are two things we know data journalists love: nerdy jokes and T-shirts.  When we asked for suggestions for a NICAR T-shirt to be sold at the 2012 CAR Conference in St. Louis, we didn't expect it there to be any shortage of ideas.

The first round of submissions are in, and they're pretty much what we expected: mostly groan-worthy, occasionally cryptic, and generally awesome. Check out what has been proposed so far by IRE members.

The contest is still open! We'll keep adding your suggestions as long as you keep sending them. Ideas can be submitted ...

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IRE mentors guide journalists' international investigative projects

(Washington) — During the past year and a half, more than twenty experienced reporters and news executives have mentored Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) grantees, lending a hand in the reporting, writing and editing of their work.

Wanjohi Kabukuru with mentor Ron Nixon (right)
Wanjohi Kabukuru (left) with New York Times
reporter Ron Nixon. The two met through IRE's
mentorship program. Nixon provided guidance as
Kaburkur investigated pesticides dumping and malaria
vaccine experimentation for New African magazine.
(Fund for Investigative Journalism)

The executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors, Mark Horvit, recruits the mentors from the roster of IRE members. In so doing, he has lined up some ...

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Welcome to IRE’s new website

Welcome to IRE’s new website.

All the resources you count on are still available, from tipsheets and the vast story library to our unmatched data collection. Our goal with this redesign is to streamline the site and make our deep reservoir of resources easier to find and use. We’ve also added many new features.

Here’s a quick guide to some of the resources you’ve enjoyed for years, as well as some of the new offerings:

  • Tipsheets can now be searched more easily. We’ve added plugins that highlight the newest additions to the collection and the ...
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Doctor data back online, but shackled by new restrictions

Open government advocates were outraged when the Department of Health and Human Services decided to cut off access to The National Practitioner Data Bank, a data set that has long been used to investigate lax oversight of physicians. After criticism by multiple organizations, the department relented and put the data bank back online.

However, with the return of the data came a new set of restrictions that sharply limit how journalists can use that data to inform investigations and stories. These restrictions make the data all but useless for most journalists.

In response, representatives from IRE, the National Association of ...

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New IRE Award categories better reflect changes in news industry

We have rebuilt our IRE Awards categories to better reflect changes in our industry that have had great impact on the ways in which news is gathered and presented.

Over the past few years, technology has continually offered new ways to gather and present investigative work, while economic cutbacks have squeezed resources and helped encourage reporting partnerships that crossed platforms and media types. Contest judges and IRE members were finding it increasingly difficult to put many contest entries into our existing categories.

More than a year ago, the IRE Board charged the contest committee with the task of examining whether ...

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