Turkish journalist Pelin Ünker awarded IRE’s Don Bolles Medal for courage

A Turkish investigative journalist, sentenced to prison for her truthful reporting on offshore investments by the country’s former prime minister, is the 2019 recipient of the Don Bolles Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. Pelin Ünker was sentenced in January to 13 months for “defamation and insult” of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and his two…

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Finalists announced for 2019 Golden Padlock Award

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI: Investigative Reporters and Editors is proud to announce the finalists for its 2019 Golden Padlock Award celebrating the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States. “From protecting powerful companies and politicians from public scrutiny to hiding the use of millions in taxpayer dollars to shrouding serious crimes in secrecy, the…

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Cast your vote for the IRE Board of Directors

Starting today, IRE members can vote online for the IRE Board of Directors and Contest Committee. Ballots will be sent to the primary e-mail listed in your membership profile. Six of the board’s 13 seats are up for election this year. Four incumbents decided not to run for new terms. Members will also be voting…

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Small, midsize newsrooms can apply for free data training

Applications are now open for small and midsize newsrooms in the U.S. and Canada to receive free data training from IRE in partnership with the Google News Initiative. Newsrooms selected to participate in the Data in Local Newsrooms Training Program will receive two days of in-house IRE data training, plus follow-up data consultation and services…

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Meet the trainer: Francisco Vara-Orta

Francisco Vara-Orta worked in newsrooms around the country for 17 years before bringing his experience to IRE as a trainer. We talked with Francisco about his time as an investigative/data journalist and his previous work at IRE.   Q: How did you get started in journalism? A: I got my start in journalism pretty young…

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IRE partners with Google News Initiative in data training program

Small and mid-sized newsrooms in the United States and Canada will receive immersive IRE data training to bolster local news coverage through a new partnership with the Google News Initiative (GNI). As part of the Data in Local Newsrooms Training program, IRE will select 10 newsrooms in the U.S. and Canada through a competitive application…

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Announcing the 2018 IRE Award winners and finalists

COLUMBIA, Missouri – Journalists who exposed the plight of medically fragile children, unsafe schools and dangers in remote Alaskan villages are among the winners of the 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. Some of the winners and finalists in this year’s contest faced personal peril for pursuing their stories. As examples, a Catholic diocese tried…

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Declare candidacy for the IRE Board of Directors

Starting today, IRE will begin accepting applications for candidates for the IRE Board of Directors. This year six of the board’s 13 seats are up for election. Three incumbents have decided not to run for new terms. The initial filing period for candidates is April 8 – May 12. All candidates filing by this time will…

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Consider running for the IRE Board of Directors, Contest Committee

Starting April 8, IRE will begin accepting applications for candidates for the IRE Board of Directors. This year six of the board’s 13 seats are up for election. The initial filing period for candidates is April 8 – May 12. All candidates filing by this time will appear on the initial ballot when voting begins in…

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Nominations due April 1 for Don Bolles Medal

Do you know an investigative journalist who has exhibited extraordinary courage in standing up against intimidation or efforts to suppress the truth about matters of public importance? Perhaps someone who has faced extreme threats for his/her investigative reporting? Someone who has been targeted by authorities for harassment for doing his/her job? Someone who has faced…

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