Meet the trainer: Patti DiVincenzo

Patti DiVincenzo was an investigative producer and data specialist at WSB-TV in Atlanta for 16 years. Now, she’s bringing her experience to IRE as a trainer. We talked with Patti about her broadcast career and her time as an IRE member. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you get started…

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Eight journalists receive IRE fellowships

Thanks to the generosity of many, IRE is fortunate to have funding available to provide fellowships for financial assistance to its CAR boot camps. This month, IRE awarded eight fellowships for the March 2019 CAR Boot Camp. Marcy de Luna from the Houston Chronicle, Adam Rhodes from Law360 and Wayne Washington from The Palm Beach Post received the…

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Bring IRE training to your city

IRE is seeking universities and news organizations interested in hosting an IRE Watchdog Workshop or data boot camp beginning this fall. Through a typical partnership, the local host organization receives a number of free passes to the workshop or boot camp in exchange for providing space at no cost to IRE. The arrangement helps keep…

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IRE Board adjusts contest entry rules

By Jill Riepenhoff, IRE Contest Committee Chair To eliminate any appearance of favoritism, the IRE Board of Directors has voted to bar board members from participating in the IRE Awards if they played a major role in the investigation. Beginning with work published or aired in 2019, board members may not enter the IRE awards if…

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2018 Philip Meyer Award winners announced

An investigation that found hundreds of unaccounted for deaths from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is the first-place winner of the 2018 Philip Meyer Journalism Awards. The other top awards go to an investigation that used scientific testing to uncover environmental hazards in Philadelphia’s public schools and an analysis that revealed philanthropists were getting tax…

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Two veteran journalists join IRE as trainers

Award-winning TV journalist Patti DiVincenzo and investigative data journalist Francisco Vara-Orta will join IRE as trainers. Their hirings mark an IRE milestone — the first time the organization has employed four full-time trainers. DiVincenzo and Vara-Orta join Cody Winchester as trainers, with all reporting to IRE Senior Training Director Denise Malan. The team also includes…

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Eight journalists receive #NICAR19 fellowships and scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of many donors, IRE is fortunate to have funding available to provide fellowships and scholarships to its annual CAR Conference (#NICAR19). This month, IRE awarded eight fellowships and scholarships for the 2019 CAR Conference in Newport Beach. Julia Rentsch from the Loveland Reporter-Herald (Berthoud, Colorado) received the Jennifer Leonard Scholarship. Established by…

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IRE Board of Directors strengthens code of conduct

By Steven Rich, IRE Board of Directors The IRE Board of Directors has voted unanimously to update the IRE Principles, the code of conduct for IRE events. The update includes language that more explicitly bans discriminatory and harassing behavior from IRE events. While these were never permitted at IRE events, it was important that we spell…

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Important information about logging into your IRE account

Received an email about resetting your password on the IRE website? We recently updated our site, and this reset will help improve security. At the same time, you’ll be required to update a few fields, including the race/ethnicity portion of your member profile. While one response is “Decline to specify,” we hope you will decide…

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IRE office closed until Jan. 2

The IRE and NICAR offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. The University of Missouri is on winter break leave during this time. We appreciate your patience and will see you in the new year.