IRE News : February 2012

Campus Coverage Project students showcase investigative reporting skills

Experienced reporters have some rising stars to keep an eye on, thanks to the Campus Coverage Project.

Just last week, a story edited by 2011 project participant Chelsea Boozer, now managing editor of The Daily Helmsman at the University of Memphis, was published on IRE’s “Extra Extra” blog.

The Campus Coverage Project teaches college students investigative reporting techniques by training them to examine their own college campuses. Students are encouraged to publish their work and submit it to the project’s website.

Seven articles that participants reported, edited and published since January’s training conference have been featured on ...

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Pre-registration deadline Monday for 2012 CAR Conference

Don't miss out as some of the best data journalists in the world come together for IRE's annual conference devoted to computer-assisted reporting. Pre-registration ends Monday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. (Central Standard Time). On-site registration is accepted, but the fee increases.

Register online before the deadline to reserve your space.

This year's conference, held at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott, offers dozens of hands-on training sessions for beginners to journalists on the cutting edge of digital reporting. In addition to the full schedule of training, this year's conference will feature a 12-hour "Liberate ...

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IRE receives $100,000 grant to continue watchdog training

Investigative Reporters & Editors  was awarded $100,000 Monday to continue its Watchdog Workshop series. The Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation in Oklahoma City chose IRE and 18 other journalism organizations to receive a total of $1.5 million in grants. The foundation awarded more than $1 million of that to investigative reporting projects, including many programs run by IRE members.

"The Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation is playing a pivotal role in fostering investigative journalism," IRE Executive Director Mark Horvit said. "Citizens in communities throughout the country are better informed thanks to the foundation's work."

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IRE welcomes new trainer

Megan Luther joins IRE today as the newest member of our training team. She will work with training director Jaimi Dowdell to run our workshops, in-newsroom training and other initiatives.Megan Luther

Megan has worked in radio, TV and most recently, newspapers. Before she joined IRE, Megan was a government reporter for the Argus Leader in South Dakota and a computer-assisted reporting specialist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Previously, she worked at IRE and NICAR in the Database Library while completing her master’s degree at the University of Missouri.

Her investigations included abuse of government credit cards, farm subsidies and a loophole ...

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