IRE News : April 2012

Deadline to declare IRE BOD Candidacy

is Friday 4/27 to be listed on the absentee ballots. *

Seven seats up for election on IRE board

The filing period has begun for those planning to run for the IRE board of directors. Seven seats on the 13-member board are up for election. The election will be held June 16 at the IRE annual conference in Boston.

The IRE board serves as the governing body of IRE and generally meets in person twice a year to discuss and vote on IRE business. One meeting is at the annual conference in June. The board periodically has conference calls. Directors ...

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Membership Drive Deadline Monday, April 30

Monday April 30, is the deadline to join IRE or renew your membership and you'll be entered in a drawing for one of three prizes:

* Three hotel nights and free registration for the IRE Conference in Boston, June 14-17

* Two additional years of IRE membership at no cost

* $50 in merchandise from IRE's store (can be used online or at the conference)

You'll get access to our library of more than 3,000 tipsheets, 25,000 investigative stories, the IRE Journal and new online features we'll be unveiling in the coming months that will provide more ...

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IRE members donate Pulitzer Prize money for training

Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong both had extraordinary resumes before winning the Pulitzer Prize last week. Each of the reporters for The Seattle Times had produced investigations that won a long list of prizes, including multiple IRE Awards. The work honored by the Pulitzer judges -- "Methadone and the Politics of Pain" -- had already been honored many times.

So the fact that Berens and Armstrong won wasn't a surprise. What they're doing with the prize money, however, is extraordinary. They've dedicated the $10,000 prize to pay for IRE training for fellow staffers in Seattle. 

Armstrong said the ...

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Several IRE Members win Pulitzers for investigative work

Congratulations to several IRE members who won Pulitzer Prizes today.

Members Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times were awarded the Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting for their project, “Methadone and the Politics of Pain.”-an investigation that exposed Washington State’s push of the cheaper painkiller methadone.  Berens and Armstrong were also awarded the Selden Ring Award and an IRE Award for this story. The two presented at IRE’s Watchdog Workshop in Los Angeles this past Friday. For their tips on how to find, start and write a great story click here.

Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman ...

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Listen to Mike Wallace speak at the 2000 IRE Conference in New York

In remembering Mike Wallace, IRE is making available the audio from the 2000 IRE Conference Showcase Panel: "The new challenges for investigative reporting".

The panel includes Ted Koppel, Diane Sawyer, Bill Keller, Adam Clayton Powell III and Stone Phillips speaking on the topic of the changing industry and the problems that face investigative reporting in the years to come.

To download and listen to the audio, follow the links below. You can also read an article written about the showcase panel in the July/August 2000 issue of the IRE Journal, here.

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Remembering Mike Wallace

60 Minutes' Morley Safer offers this essay in honor of the memory of Mike Wallace, who died at age 93 this weekend.

IRE members can click here to see the entries in our story library that Wallace contributed during his long career exposing wrongdoing at CBS.

Charles Lewis, who worked with Wallace at 60 Minutes, wrote an essay and posted to excerpts of interviews he conducted with Wallace here. And former IRE Executive Director Brant Houston wrote a piece for CNN that includes an insider's view of Wallace's participation at an IRE Conference.

 

New fellowship will help business journalist attend IRE Conference

IRE offers more ways than ever to receive financial help to attend our annual conference.

This year we've added a new fellowship in remembrance of longtime IRE member and supporter David Dietz. The fellowship honors his memory and legacy by helping a journalist how has demonstrated an interest in fnancial investigative journalism and who has fewer than 10 years professional experience. Like most fellowships, it covers registration fees, provides $750 in reimbursed travel and lodging expenses and a one-year IRE membership. The David Dietz fellowship also offers a special opportunity by pairing the winner with an investigative reporter for ...
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2011 IRE Award winners announced

IRE Award

Investigations that exposed major abuses and wrongdoing by law enforcement agencies and the failure of government to protect society’s most vulnerable members are among the work honored in the 2011 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

Covering 15 categories across several media platforms and a range of market sizes, the IRE Awards recognize the most outstanding watchdog journalism of the year. The contest, which began in 1979, received over 430 entries this year. 

“Despite devastating cutbacks across the news business, investigative reporting is alive and well, and really making a difference in our society,” said Lea Thompson, contest committee co-chairwoman ...

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