On the Road : April 2010

Behind the Selden Ring Award

 

T. Christian Miller of ProPublica discusses "Disposable Army," his series about contractors in Iraq. The stories won the 2010 Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting. Miller explains how the data analysis -- coupled with 200 interviews -- gave him the goods to break new ground in coverage of civilian contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Miller spoke during an IRE Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshop at the University of Southern California.

Tips for covering immigrants

By Doug Haddix, IRE Training Director

When she gets e-mails and calls about controversial stories, Claudia Núñez of La Opinion in Los Angeles says some readers ask if she is working against Latinos, even though she herself is a Latina. Her curt reply: “No, I’m not. I’m a journalist.”[/caption] Often, immigrants expect ethnic media journalists to be advocates for their causes rather than independent reporters, she told more than 40 journalists at an IRE Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshop at the University of Southern California. Journalists covering immigrants should focus more time on “King Kong” story ideas ...

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