IRE News : August 2012

Philip Meyer Journalism Awards Call For Entry

Enter the 2012 Philip Meyer Journalism contest for your chance to win $500.

Are you proud of a computer-assisted reporting story you've done this past year?
Do you have a keen eye for great watchdog stories and the ability to combine that with social science research methods? If so, enter into the Philip Meyer Journalism Awards . First place winners will receive $500, second place winners will receive $300, and third place winners will receive $200.
Click here to see last year's first place winner, here for second place and here for third place.


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The benefits of using data in your reporting

Alex Remington, a research assistant for Journalist’s Resource and a Harvard Kennedy School graduate student, sat down with Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, to ask him about the pros and cons of doing data journalism. Doig thoroughly recounts the limits of using data journalism, common misuses of data, the necessary tools journalists need to make effective use of data and much more.

Remington collaborated with Doig along with others at News21 to "create a profile of American voters from census data. The overall project ...

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PANDA Project Turns 1.0

If you were at NICAR 2012 in February you may remember a man in a PANDA suit wandering the conference halls, flanked by a small group of news developers. At that time the PANDA Project was still a young project. We demoed our first beta release and helped folks install it using our very first pages of documentation. PANDA has come a long way since then. Last Wednesday we released our first stable version, 1.0!

If you have not followed the PANDA Project, allow me to fill you in. To quote from our documentation:

"PANDA is a 'data library ...

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IRE, Google create new grant program for data journalism projects

A new fund that will provide crucial support for journalists working on data projects will be launched this fall.

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) will award grants thanks to a $50,000 donation from Google Ideas. 

IRE Executive Director Mark Horvit said the fund will allow more news organizations to do in-depth reporting.

 “Digging into data allows journalists to provide more depth to their stories and better inform their audience. This fund will help kick-start data projects at news organizations that otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to do this important work,” Horvit said.

The fund is expected to launch ...

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The New Cold War Between the Media and National Security Establishment

Josh Meyer, IRE Board member and director of education and outreach for the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative,  wrote today about tension between the media and the national security establishment for the initiative's website:

Is this really the worst time ever to be a journalist covering national security issues, especially in Washington?

Maybe the best way to describe it is to quote Charles Dickens from his A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’’

It’s the best of times because of all the great and important news out there ...

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