At 11 a.m. EDT on May 14, reporters from The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will gather in a live Google Hangout hosted by IRE to discuss their investigation into offshore secrecy, which tapped into a cache of 2.5 million files and "cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, exposing hidden dealings of politicians, con men and the mega-rich the world over."
Mark your calendar and join us at this link.
Absentee voting begins for 2013 IRE Board election
Six seats on the 13-member IRE Board of Directors are up for election. The election will be held June 22 at the IRE annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Ten members have declared their candidacy in time to be put on the Absentee Ballots. You may view the candidate statements here.
Online absentee voting is available ONLY to current members (membership expiration date must be 7/1/13 or later) who are NOT attending the IRE conference in San Antonio. Registration for the conference will void your absentee ballot.
Reminder – Voting is restricted to members at the Professional, Academic and Retiree levels.
To request an Absentee Ballot click here → firstname.lastname@example.org beginning May 8. You must put your name on either the subject line or in the body of the email. This is for verification purposes only, and will NOT be tied to your actual ballot in any way.
Your ballot must be received by 5p.m. Central Time Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
David Dietz Fellowship for 2013 IRE Conference
In 2012 IRE added a new fellowship in remembrance of longtime IRE member and supporter David Dietz. The fellowship honors his memory and legacy by helping a journalist who has demonstrated an interest in financial investigative journalism and who has fewer than 10 years professional experience. This fellowship covers IRE conference registration fees, provides $750 in reimbursed travel and lodging expenses and a one-year IRE membership. The winner of this fellowship will also be enrolled in IRE's mentorship program and will be paired with a top investigative journalist in the field of financial journalism, for a year-long mentorship, which will begin at the IRE Conference.
Deadline is May 24. Click here to access the application.
Other fellowships are also available for this event. Please check the fellowship offerings page on our web site at https://www.ire.org/events-and-training/fellowships-and-scholarships/
Questions: John Green email@example.com or direct: 573-882-2772
IRE Membership Drive winners
A big thank you to those who participated in IRE's membership drive. Three members won prizes from the IRE membership drive. Throughout April, IRE members shared news of IRE and encouraged journalists to join or renew. Those who joined or renewed by April 30 were eligible for prizes.
1st Place: Kate Perry The Florida Times-Union
Three hotel nights and registration for the 2013 IRE Conference in San Antonio OR to the 2014 CAR Conference in Baltimore.
2nd Place: Abby Rapoport, KNXV-Phoenix
Two years of free IRE Membership
3rd Place: Lori Jane Gliha, Prospect Magazine
$50 toward books at the IRE Bookstore
IRE seeks nominations for inaugural government secrecy award
Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. is launching a new award -- dubbed the Golden Padlock -- recognizing the most secretive publicly-funded agency or person in the United States. It is calling on journalists and the public for worthy nominees.
"This honor acknowledges the dedication of government officials working tirelessly to keep vital information hidden from the public," said David Cay Johnston, president of IRE. "Their abiding commitment to secrecy and impressive skill in information suppression routinely keeps knowledge about everything from public health risks to government waste beyond the reach of citizens who pay their salaries."
IRE is now accepting nominations for the inaugural Golden Padlock. Nominations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 24. Submissions should include the name of the agency or individual along with reasons and/or media coverage detailing the intransigence.
Governments at all levels -- from local to federal -- are eligible for the award. A list of finalists will be announced in early June and the award will be handed out annually at IRE's national conference.
The winning public agency or individual will be invited to attend the award ceremony to be "honored". This year's conference is June 20 - 23 in San Antonio, Texas.
For further information, contact IRE Executive Director Mark Horvit, at 573-882-1984 or email@example.com.
Investigating the Cleveland missing and rescued women case
On Monday, three young Cleveland women who had been missing for nearly a decade were found alive and, according to authorities, appeared unharmed. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight were kidnapped and held for years as prisoners inside a house in Cleveland. Police arrested the house owner, Ariel Castro, 52, and his two brothers, Pedro Castro, 54 and Onil Castro, 50.
Journalists are already starting to uncover details about the case and the brothers. In the search for further context, property records, background searches, court records and smart sourcing will be crucial. IRE is pulling resources, including tipsheets and archived stories, out from behind our member wall to help reporters on deadline investigate this case. We're also keeping a record of what reporters have found and what enterprise has been done around the case.
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|IRE announces winners of Freelance Fellowship competition
A strong group of stories were submitted to IRE for the IRE Freelance Fellowship competition. The winners of the Freelance Fellowships for 2013 are: Wally Roberts, for his story on abuse in the nation’s largest nursing homes; Leah Bartos, for her work regarding shoddy forensic work; Erin Segal, for her work on misunderstood aspects of our immigration policy, specifically on the deportation of military veterans; and Joyce Tsai, for her stories on the number of awards given to servicemen and women during the War on Terror.
Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, this fellowship program has allowed IRE to award fellowships for the last six years, giving freelance journalists a much-needed boost in the pursuit of their investigative work. IRE is assembling an online library of the winners of this fellowship since its inception.
These fellowships are for journalists who make their living primarily as freelance/independent journalists. Applications are scrutinized by three experienced freelance journalists; they are ineligible for the award while serving on the committee. Proposals are judged in part on the breadth, significance and potential impact of the investigative project. At the request of the donor, proposals dealing with whistleblowers, business ethics and/or privacy issues will receive priority; projects involving other topics will be given serious consideration by the committee as well. The freelance projects must be published or aired primarily in US outlets.
IRE is a non-profit educational and professional organization of more than 4,500 journalists working to foster excellence in journalism. Founded in 1975, IRE also runs the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, a joint program of IRE and the Missouri School of Journalism, where IRE is housed. The freelance fellowship is one of many awarded each year by IRE to continue its support of quality investigative journalism.
2013 IRE Conference
San Antonio, Texas — June 20 - 23, 2013
The best in the business will gather for more than 100 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.
Accountability in Indian Country: Be a Better Business Watchdog
Phoenix, Ariz. — July 18, 2013
IRE and Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism co-present this free workshop in Phoenix. This workshop precedes the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) Convention in neighboring Tempe, Ariz.
CAR Boot Camp
Columbia, Mo. — Aug. 4 - 8, 2013
Learn how to acquire electronic information, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze the information and translate that information into high-impact stories. In addition, NICAR provides follow-up help when participants return to their news organizations.
Mapping Boot Camp
Columbia, Mo. — Aug. 9 - 11, 2013
Learn how to uncover interesting news stories by mapping data with geographic information system (GIS) software during our intensive mini-boot camps. Attendees of the boot camp have the option to receive discounts from ESRI.
Continue to check online for more training events.
A sample of the jobs available on IRE's website.
- Investigative Reporter, NBCUniversal, Chicago
- Managing Editor, Global Journalist, Columbia, Mo.
- Investigative Reporter, Oklahoma Watch, Norman, Okla.
- Senior Research Associate, The Applied Research Center, Oakland, Calif.
- Investigative Reporter, KATU-TV, Portland, Ore.
- Online developer, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.
- Investigative Reporter, Goldwater Institute, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Enterprise/Investigative Fellowship, Hearst Newspapers,, D.C.
- Data Reporter – National Security, The Center for Public Integrity, D.C.
- Multimedia Investigative Reporter, The Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y.
- Research Analyst, Investment Industry/Hedge Fund, Marin County, Calif.
- Data Visualization Designer/Developer, Climate Central, Princeton, N.J.
Keep up-to-date on the latest job and fellowship opportunities in the IRE Jobs Center.
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