We’re changing up the podcast this week and spending our entire episode on one story. IRE’s Shawn Shinneman talked with Los Angeles Times reporter Richard Marosi about his 18-month investigation into the working conditions of Mexican agribusinesses supplying produce to major U.S. supermarkets and restaurants. Tune in to hear Marosi discuss the reporting challenges he faced on the ground in Mexico.
Also on this episode: A 3-minute guide to mapping by former NICAR database library student Travis Hartman.
We’ll be bringing you more in-depth stories on future episodes of the podcast. If you have an idea ...Read more ...
By Shazia Sarwar
A series of investigative reports by Verdens Gang (VG) in 2013 exposed that principals at all primary and secondary schools in Oslo, Norway’s capital, were given personal incentives and salary benefits in secret working contracts and on the basis of student results on national tests.
The investigation found a significant correlation between the number of students exempt from tests and the average scores. An associate professor at the University of Oslo reviewed the data and found that the more students exempt, the better a school’s score. Minority students and children with other special needs are ...Read more ...
This post was originally published at Newsroom by the Bay
By Elijah Akhtarzad
The Investigative Reporters and Editors conference held at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco on June 27 included a first-hand account of the YanukovychLeaks discovery from journalists Olesya Ivanova and Denys Bigus. Both reporters were on the scene at Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s home immediately following his ouster from power and the discovery of thousands of hidden documents that were thrown into a nearby lake.
Ivanova and Bigus lived in Yanukovych’s home for more than seven days, reviving the wet documents that would reveal the ...Read more ...
While many of our members work in the United States, hundreds of international journalists contribute to the IRE community. IRE membership stretches from Australia to Argentina. It includes journalists in more than 50 countries, including Pakistan, Kenya, India, Finland and Switzerland. We asked a few of our international members to tell us what they’ve been working on.
About 400 people have a badge that allows them to access the Swiss Federal Assembly in Berne. The Swiss daily Neue Zürcher ...Read more ...
The Global Investigative Journalism Network today launched a new crowdfunding campaign, raising funds to bring promising journalists from developing countries to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference and provide them with state-of-the-art training in investigative reporting, data journalism and cross-border collaboration.
The crowdfunding campaign is done through Indiegogo, and the campaign video features reporters in Kenya, Macedonia, Pakistan and Tunisia.
Anti-press attacks are generating fear and self-censorship among journalists in Tanzania, according to a report published Wednesday by The Committee to Protect Journalists. Despite good international publicity for moving toward an open government, public discontent remains largely unseen and unheard.
CPJ's findings include 10 serious anti-press attacks since September, which is "a notable jump over historical trends in the country. In September 2012, veteran cameraman Daudi Mwangosi was killed while covering an opposition rally in a rural area outside Iringa when a police officer fired a tear gas canister at him at close range."
Among CPJ recommendations for the ...Read more ...
Freedom of Information Act advocates have consistently claimed that institutionalizing the right to information will benefit countries, particularly in addressing corruption.
They are not lying.
By comparing indices on corruption, human development, and years of having an FOI law across 168 countries, I found support to the assumption that having an FOI law leads to lower levels of perceived corruption.
Also, countries with older FOI laws tend to have higher levels of human development than countries with younger FOI laws or countries without them.
An intriguing link, however ...Read more ...
Edmund Tadros, a journalist at The Australian Financial Review, said he used to dismiss the idea that journalists needed to know how to program. He considered it a waste of time. Even after he took some basic courses in web programming, and learned how to create interactive tables for his news organization's site, he remained unconvinced.
Then, as he wrote for Australia's The Walkley Magazine, he attended the 2013 CAR Conference in Louisville, Ky., where the confluence of journalists, programmers and bourbon was potent enough to push him toward data.
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By Perla Arellano
In areas such as Mexico and parts of the Middle East, many journalists have died in their role as watchdogs.
At the recent IRE Conference in San Antonio, the session “Reporting amid danger: When journalist are targeted and newsrooms are infiltrated” included Tim Johnson from McClatchy Newspapers, Gaston Monge Estrada from El Universal, Rana Sabbagh from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, and Andrew Donohue from The Center of Investigative Reporting as moderator.
Many journalists have died because of their work in Mexico after reporting on drug gangs and crime, and many times officers write it off as ...Read more ...