IRE News : May 2012

Don't miss the early bird rate for the IRE Conference

The 2012 IRE Conference is just right around the corner and we've got some great things lined up this year. Don't miss out on the pre-registration fee which ends today, May 30 at 5:00 pm, Central Time. Aside from all the great speakers and panels, there will also be opportunities to: pitch your book to a literary agent, meet one-on-one with a mentor, take hands-on classes to further your skills in CAR and much, much more.

IRE announces winners of Freelance Fellowship competition

Columbia, Mo. A very strong group of stories were submitted for the IRE Freelance Fellowship competition. The winners of the Freelance Fellowship for 2012 are:  Stephy Chung, freelance journalist working in Beijing, for her story “Rising Prostitution among Migrant Workers in Beijing” and Brendan Borrell, a freelance journalist who won for his story “The Search for Missing Migrants” in the Laredo, Texas city cemetery.  This award of $1,000 each will help them continue their work.

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, this fellowship program has allowed IRE to award fellowships for the last five years, giving freelance ...

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Panel highlights for this year's IRE Conference in Boston

We've got a fantastic line-up of panels for the IRE Conference in Boston. The speaker list includes winners of most of this year's major investigative awards and other top journalists from news organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally. You can check out the schedule, but here are just a few of the great sessions we've got lined up:
-Uncovering Violence and Abuse in Sports
-Investigating Sacred Cows
-Sue Me: Dealing with the Threat of Legal Action
-Ignored and Abused: Investigating Caregivers
-Paying for Investigative Journalism
-What are They Looking For? Inside Tips on Getting a Book ...
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Improve your skills with data-focused sessions at IRE '12

If you're planning to come to the IRE Conference in Boston next month, we've got a strong line-up of data-focused panels and hands-on training sessions that you won't want to miss.
A major focus of Thursday -- the conference pre-day -- is dedicated to computer-assisted reporting. We'll have sessions on negotiating for data, analyzing unstructured text, CAR for managers, investigating social networks, tracking campaign money, finding stories with maps, visualizing stories, statistical analysis, free tools, web scraping and much more. And our friends at Tableau Public are holding some training sessions, plus a special reception for the Thursday ...
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Follow the campaign money trail at the 2012 IRE Conference

Learn how to follow the campaign money trail and track political influence in a series of panels at next month's IRE Conference in Boston.
Our focus on Campaign 2012 kicks off with a free pre-day workshop focusing on companies' influence on politics and the election. The sessions, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, take place Wednesday afternoon and are open to all.
The series of sessions during the conference include:
- Backgrounding Candidates and Truth-Testing Claims
- How Healthcare and Other Key Issues will Influence the Race
- What's So Super about PACs (and 501cs)?
- Online ...

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IRE Voting Deadline Approaching

Tomorrow, May 22nd is the last day to request an absentee ballot to vote in our 2012 BOD elections.

If you are unable to attend our 2012 conference in Boston, and your membership is current to 7/1/12, then you can vote for your favorite candidate via absentee ballot.

Candidates and their statements can be viewed here http://ire.org/about/board-directors/elections/candidates/

Requests for absentee ballots should be submitted to ballots@ire.org  Please include the complete address where you would like your ballot sent. 

Major collection of investigative reporting 'roadmaps' now available online

A major new resource for journalists is available online for the first time. IRE contest questionnaires provide road maps to how many of the best investigative projects of the past three decades were done.

IRE members can now digitally search more than 15,000 of these valuable guides.

Each questionnaire provides detail on how projects, entered into the IRE Awards and later the Phil Meyer Awards, were done. Each one includes lists of sources, documents and data; advice to those who'd like to try similar work themselves, detail on any CAR analysis done, and much more.

The collection -- which ...

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One-on-one mentoring deadline ends May 21

Don't miss your chance to meet with an experienced pro in Boston at the 2012 IRE Conference. This is an opportunity for in-depth, one-on-one coaching on investigative reporting. These private sessions allow attendees to seek advice on challenging stories or followup ideas. You must have registered for the conference and have signed up for a mentor by May 21, 2012.

IRE pairs those who signed up with a mentor, and contact information is provided to both mentors and those who want to be mentored. Mentors and mentees can then agree on a time and place to meet at the ...

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Broadcast panels offer insight to all at this year's IRE Conference

We've got a great lineup of panels for broadcasters and anyone who shoots video for their projects at this year's IRE Conference in Boston next month.
Sessions will dig into confrontation interviews, how to take your story national, making document-based stories visual and how to do more with less. A panel of network media attorneys tell you what to when threatened with a lawsuit, Poynter's Al Tompkins gives you tips to avoid being fooled by doctored video and the people behind some of the best stories of the year give you a step-by-step guide in how they ...
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10 candidates for 2012 IRE Board Election

Vote for 2012 IRE Board of Director Candidates…

If you are unable to attend the 2012 IRE conference in Boston, and your membership is current to 7/1/12, then you can vote for your favorite candidate via absentee ballot…

Voting privileges are granted to the professional (including international), academic and retiree membership categories. Your membership must be current through July of the election year.

Members unable to attend the conference are allowed to participate via absentee balloting. Absentee balloting is meant to supplement—not replace—IRE’s traditional election process, which encourages membership meeting attendance as a sign of ...

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