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Behind the Story: How Kent State tracked student athletes missing class

By Karl Idsvoog, Kent State University

How do you get into college if you can only read at a grade-school level? Last January, CNN’s Sara Ganim answered that question in a powerful piece of reporting. In a few short sentences Sara personalized the reality of college athletics at the University of North Carolina as she told the story of learning specialist Mary Willingham. Sara writes: 

"Early in her career as a learning specialist, Mary Willingham was in her office when a basketball player at the University of North Carolina walked in looking for help with his classwork. He couldn ...

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Do universities play a role in student suicides?

By Nikhila Henry, The Times of India

Can the dead talk? In rare cases they do.

Mudassir Kamran, a 25-year-old Kashmiri student hanged himself in a single bed hostel room at English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, India on March 2, 2013.

A day before, the scholar was summoned to a nearby police station and questioned on counts of “harassing” a fellow male student, Vasim Salim. Some administrative staff of the university worked with the police in this round of questioning.

While this at first seemed ...

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FERPA Frustrations: How to outmaneuver university officials to get the info you need

By Donovan Harrell

Three journalists offered advice to students struggling with public records requests during a brown bag session at the 2014 CAR Conference.

Student attendees talked about attempts to outmaneuver their respective universities, which had been denying public records requests using laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

“FERPA has become the thought police,” said Jill Riepenhoff, a projects reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. “If they think they know what you’re after, they can deny it because they think that would somehow lead ...

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What an IRE student membership meant to me

If you asked me how I first got started in investigative journalism, I’d find it hard to answer, since it’s all kinda fuzzy. It could have been the CAR class I took, or the Hacks/Hackers meeting I went to for its cool name, then stayed for its cool mission. But if there’s one experience that was a nonstop catalyst, it was the Campus Coverage Project in 2012. Fifty journo kids and I received what was basically a mini IRE conference plus two years of free membership in IRE.

There’s so much that students don’t ...

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IRE begins student sponsorship program

IRE is committed to developing the next generation of investigative reporters by introducing more students to the organization.

To do this, we need your help.

Please consider sponsoring a $25 student membership on behalf of your alma mater, college media or for an intern at your news organization. You don’t have to know a current student, we’ll take care of that. Unless you prefer to remain anonymous, your name and the institution receiving the membership will be listed on IRE’s Web site.

You can sponsor a student membership in two ways:

1. If you know a specific ...

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Behind the Story: Student investigation wins IRE award

Later this month, Alex Stuckey will receive an IRE award for her story “Drug Under the Rug,” an investigation into the Athens County Ohio law enforcement agencies' failure to report property that was seized and forfeited after drug busts.  Her four month investigation of the missing reports occurred while she was a student reporter for The Post at Ohio University.  Her investigation eventually revealed that 69 percent of 670 agencies in Ohio had broken the law by failing to report police property seizures.  Stuckey is being honored, according to judges’ comments, for showing “remarkable determination by a single student journalist ...

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Campus Coverage student wins Betty Gage Holland Award

Investigative Reporters & Editors salutes Linsdey Hobbs of Otterbein University in Ohio, recipient of the eighth annual Betty Gage Holland Award recognizing excellence in college journalism. Hobbs and the student newspaper at Otterbein, The Tan & Cardinal, were honored for their continued coverage of increased secrecy surrounding campus crime in 2012.

After Otterbein's campus security force gained certification as a full police department in late 2011, Hobbs investigated. She found a longstanding pattern of student misdemeanors -- and sometimes more serious crimes -- being handled through campus judicial proceedings rather than criminal courts. Subsequent reporting by Hobbs also details the inconsistency with which ...

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IRE welcomes new Google Journalism Fellow

IRE is gaining a new summer fellow as part of the first ever Google Journalism Fellowship. Nicole Pasulka of New York University will spend 8 weeks with IRE, as well as a week with Google and a week with the Knight Foundation.

Pasulka is currently getting an M.A. in journalism at NYU in the Literary Reportage program. She has five years of experience in journalism working as a freelancer, an editor for The Morning News, and a fellow at Mother Jones. Last summer she received the 2012 I.F. Stone Award from the Nation Institute and a 2012 grant ...

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New CAR contest for students

Four student journalists will be selected as winners in IRE's new student computer-assisted reporting contest. The winners will receive free registration to IRE's Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference on Feb. 24-27 in Raleigh, N.C.; three nights of lodging at the conference hotel; and a slot on a panel. The entry deadline is Jan. 28. The contest is sponsored by three John S. and James L. Knight chairs in journalism: Sarah Cohen, Duke University; Steve Doig, Arizona State University; and Brant Houston, University of Illinois. Entries can include: • Investigative stories published in any medium. • News applications. • Tools to help investigative ... Read more ...