On the Road : February 2010

Developing a 'document state of mind'

By Doug Haddix

IRE Training Director

Journalists can dig deeper and produce high-impact stories by developing a "document state of mind." Get practical advice in this short video featuring Brant Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois. Houston is the former executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Houston spoke at an IRE Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshop at Tulane University, New Orleans, in January 2010.

Free webinar on campus assault

Join Kristen Lombardi and David Donald of The Center for Public Integrity in a one-hour webinar that will help you understand how to investigate the ways colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault. This session is free but space is limited. To register please send an email to campus@ire.org. After 12 months of reporting, the Center has reached some troubling conclusions about how some colleges and universities collect and report sexual assault statistics, and how sexual assault cases are adjudicated in the campus judicial system. You'll learn how to make sense of federal mandatory crime data ... Read more ...

Student blogs review workshop

By Mark Horvit

IRE Executive Director

IRE brought the Watchdog Workshop series to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in late January. A great mix of journalists from throughout the region gathered to discuss ... well, rather than tell you about it, we'll let some of the students who traveled to Birmingham for the workshops fill you in. Here are links to five blog posts about the day, written by students from the journalism school at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Tip sheets created for some of these sessions can be downloaded by IRE members at the Resource Center ...

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Using Facebook, Twitter in Haiti

By Doug Haddix

IRE Training Director

Manny Garcia of The Miami Herald explains how his newsroom is using Twitter and Facebook to cover the earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath. The social media tools have helped with logistics as well as story tips from people in Haiti. Garcia's advice applies to using social media tools for any big breaking news story. The influx of useful tips and information through social media led The Herald to designate a staffer to manage them for ongoing Haiti coverage and coordination. Garcia spoke at an IRE Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshop at Tulane University ...

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