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8 news organizations chosen for Total Newsroom Training

Total Newsroom Training provides intense, in-house training for small and medium-sized newsrooms dedicated to watchdog journalism. This is the second year IRE has offered the free program. 

More than 80 applications were submitted. Training is customized and includes two days of sessions ranging from public records battles to hands-on data analysis.

"We had a large number of very qualified applicants, which made it tough to select winners," said IRE Executive Director Mark Horvit. "It's very encouraging to see that so many newsrooms are putting a premium on watchdog journalism and on gaining additional skills that will help them better ...

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Coming soon: Learn how to use online genealogy records in your reporting

Photo from "A letter from England," courtesy of the Providence Journal

If you’ve ever struggled to find relatives of a person you’re profiling or verify a source’s story, we’re putting together a webinar that’s sure to help.

Paul Parker of the Providence Journal will explain how to use genealogy records as a reporting tool. Using popular sites like Ancestry.com and lesser-known pages like cyndislist.com, journalists can track down original documents that tie people to places, events, and institutions.

Parker will explain how he used online records in his story "A letter from England ...

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IRE, SPJ, NECIR offer 2 additional workshops in Chicago, Fort Worth

Do you have reporters or editors on your staff who would benefit from training to help them produce enterprise and investigative stories?

Thanks to a grant from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Society for Professional Journalists is working with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting to offer two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshops for journalists from your region. 

We're looking for two reporters, editors or producers from your newsroom who you believe have the desire and the potential to do in-depth investigative stories.  No previous investigative reporting experience necessary.  These workshops will teach the basics ...

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IRE trains at Temple's Center for Public Interest Journalism

Last week IRE's Jaimi Dowdell and Liz Lucas led a four-day boot camp in data analysis at Temple University's Center for Public Interest Journalism.

The Center for Public Interest Journalism sponsored the training, lowering the cost from $800 to $200. Participants learned to clean and analyze data using Microsoft Excel and Structured Query Language with Microsoft Access. They also learned how to find data, craft records requests and negotiate for electronic information.

Participants included journalists from the following organizations:

  • The Center for Public Integrity
  • CNNMoney
  • Fort Worth Weekly
  • Metrowest Daily News
  • Philadelphia City Paper
  • Philadelphia Weekly
  • Temple University ...
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Learn how to investigate local government on a shoestring budget

IRE and Poynter announced a low-cost investigative workshop: Investigating Local Government on a Shoestring Budget.

With growing Medicare and pension costs, 2013 will be a rough year for local governments that face significant budget deficits in a slowly recovering economy. These governments face critical decisions, IRE and Poynter are offering  training to ensure journalists are well equipped to cover them.

In this training you will learn how to use spreadsheet programs like Excel, you will learn critical thinking skills that look beyond announcements and events and you will discover corners of the "hidden web" where some of the best story ...

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LaCrosse Tribune reporter turns IRE training into data-driven stories for community

In March, LaCrosse Tribune reporter Chris Hubbuch attended an IRE training event in Wisconsin, where introductions to Excel and data-driven journalism were on the agenda. Since then, he’s produced data-driven stories on foreclosures, property values, crime and waste. He even revelaed that the LaCrosse mayor's pet license was out of date. Using federal data, the LaCrosse Tribune turned a story on deadline showing disparities in hospital charges, complete with an interactive data visualization. Here’s a look at some of the LaCrosse Tribune stories that IRE training helped make possible:

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IRE and Esri fellowships awarded

IRE and Esri, the leading commercial publisher of geographic information system (GIS) software, have awarded 14 fellowships to attend Esri's annual International User Conference and IRE's mapping bootcamp.

Fellowships to the User Conference this week in San Diego were awarded to:

  • Dana Amihere, The Baltimore Sun
  • Gus Begley, Houston Chronicle
  • Wendy Fry, NBC 7-San Diego
  • Greg Miller, Wired
  • Alexandra Nicolas, The Joplin Globe
  • Wil Ramirez, Los Angeles Times
  • Allison Riggio, Crain's Chicago Business
  • Ryan Thornburg, OpenBlock Rural/University of North Carolina
  • Dwight Worley, The Journal News
  • Joe Yerardi, San Antonio Express-News

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CIR, Tampa Bay Times join IRE in live discussion about America's Worst Charities

A joint investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Tampa Bay Times and CNN identified America's 50 worst charities -- organizations that plead for financial support and lie to donors about where their money goes, taking multiple salaries and secretly paying themselves or their friends through consulting fees and fundraising contracts.

Reporters Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart spent more than a year reviewing documents and building a one-of-a-kind database of the country's worst charitable organizations.

Find out more about what they found and how they found it as they join IRE in a live Google Hangout tomorrow. Tune ...

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Make plans for the 2013 IRE Conference

Marcela Turati

Make your plans now to join us in San Antonio for the 2013 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference.

Check out the list of panels and sessions -- this isn't everything, just a sampling of what you'll be able to dig into when we gather from June 20-23.

Keynote speaker Marcela Turati will detail the dangers journalists face in Mexico. We'll showcase sports investigations with help from Deadspin, The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins and more. And in dozens of panels and hands-on sessions, you'll be armed with the tools, tips and strategies you need to ...

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Deadline for agribusiness workshop extended to April 14

Navajo boys plow a corn field on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico, date unknown. Photo from the National Archives and Records Administration.

The deadline has been extended to April 14 for an all-expenses paid reporting workshop on covering agribusiness from The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and Investigative Reporters and Editors, held May 30 to June 2 in Champaign, Ill. Applications must be received by midnight Central Time. 

The workshop will bring together educators, reporters and editors from small-to-midsize newsrooms to hear and learn how to take an in-depth look at the issues surrounding agribusiness. 

Why investigate agribusiness ...

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