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IRE members recognized in 2014 Pulitzer Prizes

Several members of Investigative Reporters and Editors were among journalists recognized in the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes on Monday.

The Washington Post and The Guardian US won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their work exposing secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. Several IRE members contributed to the reporting.

Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity won for Investigative Reporting for “his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.”

Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times ...

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Catch up with some of IRE’s international members

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.


Screen shot from Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Swiss data journalism team investigates commercial interests of those with parliamentary access

About 400 people have a badge that allows them to access the Swiss Federal Assembly in Berne. The Swiss daily Neue Zürcher ...

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IRE members win 2014 Goldsmith Prize

Seven IRE members from two news organizations won the 2014 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of the Center for Public Integrity and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News were recognized for their work on “Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine.”

The yearlong investigation examines how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, have helped defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung, even as disease rates are on the rise and an increasing ...

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IRE members win 2014 Selden Ring Award

Congratulations to IRE members Ellen Gabler and Allan J. Vestal of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for receiving the 2014 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting. USC Annenberg recognized Gabler and Vestal, along with colleagues Mark Johnson, John Fauber and Kristyna Wentz-Graff, for their series “Deadly Delays,” which investigated processing failures in newborn screening programs.

From the USC news release:

“Deadly Delays” shed light on the nation's newborn screening programs that depend on speed and science to save babies from rare diseases. But, according to the series’ findings, “thousands of hospitals fall short, deadly delays are ignored and failures are ...

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13 IRE members honored with Polk awards

The winners of the 2103 George Polk Awards in Journalism, announced Sunday by Long Island University, included 13 IRE members. The awards honor special achievement in journalism, particularly in the areas of investigative and enterprise reporting. The following IRE members were among this year’s 30 recipients of awards given in 13 categories:

  • Glenn Greenwald (The Guardian) won one of three awards given for national security reporting for his article about the collection of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
  • Laura Poitras (The Guardian) also was recognized, along with Barton Gellman ...
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IRE/AAJA announce partnership for conferences

 

The Asian American Journalists Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors are creating a unique opportunity for members of both organizations to take advantage of the training offered at three national events in 2014: IRE's Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in Baltimore in late February, IRE's annual conference in San Francisco in June and the AAJA National Convention in Washington D.C. in August.
Members of each organization can use their existing membership to register for any of these events, meaning AAJA members don't need to purchase IRE memberships, and IRE members won't be required to join AAJA.
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Longtime member pledges debut book royalties to IRE endowment

Nancy Stancill, an IRE member for 25 years and a former board member, has pledged royalties from her debut suspense novel Saving Texas, to the IRE endowment. 

Stancill, of Charlotte, N.C., has pledged the royalties from the first thousand books she sells to support the Godfrey Wells Stancill Small Newspaper Fellowship. The fellowship, established in 2006 in memory of her father, so far has paid expenses for six journalists from small dailies to get training at IRE's national conference. Stancill's father was a longtime editor and publisher in Virginia. 

Nancy Stancill's novel, published by Black Rose ...

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IRE members win Barlett and Steele Awards from Reynolds Center

Four IRE members were among journalists honored in the seventh annual Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, announced today by the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism.

The awards are named for the investigative team of Don Barlett and James Steele, they are funded by the Reynolds Center and celebrate the  best in investigative business journalism. This year's winners:

Gold

  • America’s Worst Charities, by IRE members Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart in a joint project  of the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting, received the top gold award of $5,000. Reporters identified ...
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IRE remembers Kelly Guckian

For many of us in this organization we have two families - our personal one and our IRE family. Today I was heartbroken to hear that we'd lost Kelly Guckian from our IRE family. 

For those of you who didn't get the pleasure to meet Kelly, she was kind and sincere. She also loved data, had a passion for digging up information and never wanted to stop learning. She worked for years at the San Antonio Express-News and most recently joined the team at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a data analyst.

Kelly emailed me on May 23 when she ...

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How the Sun Sentinel reported its Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of off-duty cops

The Sun Sentinel won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service on Monday for its "well documented investigation of off-duty police officers who recklessly speed and endanger the lives of citizens, leading to disciplinary action and other steps to curtail a deadly hazard." Investigative Reporter Sally Kestin and Database Editor John Maines wrote a piece for the Summer 2012 IRE Journal, reproduced below, about their investigation into off-duty- cops.


Above the Law: Off-duty police caught driving from 90 to 130 mph

By Sally Kestin and John Maines, Sun Sentinel

We’d all seen it before – cops flying by with no ...

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