Rent a CAR: Advanced Level

Download the First Quarter 2018 IRE Journal By Natalia Alamdari, IRE & NICAR What’s the project? Not all data stories have to be serious. Here’s an example: Long Islanders don’t rely on public transportation as much as their neighbors in the city, so Tim Healy and his team at Newsday decided to look at which…

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Remembering David Donald, a pioneer of data journalism

Help us remember David Donald at the 2017 CAR Conference Join us in Jacksonville on Friday, March 3, at 6:15 p.m. in River Terrace 1 for a brief tribute. Elena Egawhary was terrified. She stood before a classroom of journalists, most older and more experienced, at the Centre for Investigative Journalism summer school in 2008. Her task was to teach them the…

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The power of IRE

[email protected] spreading the good news of Excel at #IJAsia16 pic.twitter.com/koPokVlwmm — Liz Lucas (@eklucas) September 23, 2016 As a reporter who covered multiple beats, from night cops to politics, IRE’s tip sheets were a great source of ideas and inspiration. As an editor, whether working the city desk or managing an investigative team, IRE’s conference…

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Ethical Source Development

By Aidan White | Ethical Journalism Network The relationship between journalists and their sources is complex and full of ethical pitfalls. In the provocative opening to her splendid 1983 book onthe subject, “The Journalist and the Murderer,” Janet Malcolm targets deceptive journalism: “Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what…

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Finding Errors in Texas Data

By Brian Collister “You were right, and we were wrong.” It was a stunning reversal by Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, who couldn’t deny what KXAN spent months documenting: His troopers wereinaccurately reporting the race of minority motorists, mostly Hispanic, as “white” and skewing crucial racial profiling data. For months,…

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Developing Sources

By Bernice Yeung There are many lessons about journalism to be learned from “Spotlight,” the film that chronicles The Boston Globe’s investigation into the Boston Archdiocese’s systemic cover-up of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. As the story behind the story, “Spotlight” highlights themes that are especially instructive to investigative reporters: That there’s the unspoken…

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Investigative Books of 2015: “Ghettoside” leaves lasting impression

By Steve Weinberg With so many superb investigative/ explanatory books published by U.S. journalists during 2015, singling out just a few to this year’s IRE investigative book list feels daunting. That is true every year, but for reasons I cannot decipher precisely, the year 2015 felt more that way. Certainly, the impressive quality and quantity…

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Investigating racial inequality: Dig deeper and stop obsessing over intent

Find this story in the latest issue of the IRE Journal By Nikole Hannah-Jones | New York Times Magazine The last year has been a particularly tumultuous one when it comes to race in the United States. We’ve seen riots in two cities following the police killings of unarmed black men. There have been nationwide protests…

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Crammed Quarters: Exposing inequities of female student housing in Yemen

By Shada Hottam | Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism  Read more from this issue of the IRE Journal. A digital copy is available online. The idea of investigating “Nightmare Dorm at Sana’a University” started after I enrolled at Sana’a University to study TV and radio journalism in 2010. Over the years, I came to hear…

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Investigative reporter sentenced to prison

Khadija IsmayilovaPhoto by Radio Free Europe Today investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison in the country of Azerbaijan. According to one of Ismayilova’s employers, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Ismayilova was found guilty of embezzlement, tax evasion, abuse of power and running an illegal business. OCCRP reports that human rights…

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