IRE News : July 2012

2012 IRE Conference audio now available

You can now purchase a DVD with over 100 hours of recorded panels from the 2012 IRE Conference in Boston. Please go here to place your order today.

Conference attendees can obtain a copy for $5 (to cover shipping/handling) by using the discount code received via email. Additional copies can be ordered for $25 each.

Members who did not attend the conference can purchase a copy for $25 plus shipping. CDs with all the tipsheets we collected from the conference are available for purchase as well.

And keep an eye out here for streaming audio, coming soon!

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The 2012 IRE Conference tiphseet and presentation CD now available

Even though the IRE Conference has come and gone, you can still access all that valuable information from the tipsheets and presentations we compiled. With over 100 files available you'll have all the tips and tools you need for not only your daily reporting but also long-term projects.

Available on one handy CD, you can purchase the 2012 IRE Conference tipsheet and presentations CD here. This offer is for members only. If you'd like to become a member to have access to this CD and all our other valuable resources, please go here.

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Pennsylvania open records laws exempt Penn State

Despite being supported by tax dollars, Penn State University is not subject to the state’s open records laws. Penn State’s records, including police records, e-mail, phone records, calendars and memos, are closed. Poynter's Al Tompkins writes about how that exemption played a role in surpressing information in the Jerry Sandusky case.

Tompkins quotes Sara Ganim, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage: “There is nothing that is public from Penn State,” Ganim said. “Everything is what you get from people, and there is such a degree of loyalty that prosecutors have even been thrown off by ...

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The value of adding CAR to your arsenal

John Diedrich of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recalls the moment everything clicked for him with computer-assisted reporting, at an IRE Boot Camp in 2010. When crash-course training didn't stick with him, he convinced his bosses to send him to Columbia, Mo. What Diedrich left with were the skills that allowed him to produce 'Wiped Clean', a George Polk Award-winning series about gun dealers.

With the new tools he learned, Diedrich writes for Nieman Reports that he was able to further his education by learning to use mapping software to analyze data. "For instance," Diedrich recounts, "I examined where homicides ...

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School Test Scores data now available at the Database Library

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, after releasing its "Cheating Our Children" series that identified suspicious test scores around the country, provided the NICAR Database Library with test scores data gathered from state education departments.

From the AJC: "The data include state testing data paired in approximate cohorts by school, test subject and grade. An approximate cohort would pair, for example, average third-grade math scores at a school in year 1 with fourth-grade math scores at that school in year 2."

The data are currently available for free to all IRE members and can be downloaded from the Database Library website at http ...

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