10 newsrooms to receive free IRE Total Newsroom Training

Ten newsrooms have been chosen to receive custom watchdog training through IRE’s Total Newsroom Training program. TNT provides two days of intensive, in-house training for small and medium-sized newsrooms dedicated to watchdog journalism. This is the sixth year IRE has offered the free program, which is supported through a grant. TNT newsroom training is customized…

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Apply by July 2 for chance at free IRE training for your newsroom

Applications are now open for Total Newsroom Training — IRE’s grant-funded, customized training program that is returning for its fifth year. IRE’s experienced trainers will come to selected newsrooms for two days of intense, in-house investigative training – at no cost. Spots in the program are limited and awarded on a competitive basis. Total Newsroom Training…

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IRE awards free training to 10 newsrooms, announces new fellowship

A record number of ten newsrooms were chosen for IRE’s Total Newsroom Training this year. TNT provides intense, in-house training for small and medium-sized newsrooms dedicated to watchdog journalism. This is the third year IRE has offered the free program.  New this year are TNT Boot Camp Fellowships. Nine TNT alumni will be awarded free training to IRE’s…

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Gambling triples its local reach in four months

By Brad Weisenstein, The Belleville News-Democrat The News-Democrat found the newly legal video gaming in Southwestern Illinois grew rapidly, with gamblers in April losing $1.06 million – nearly triple what they lost at the end of 2012.  The growth of machines worries video gambling opponents and those who work with gambling addicts. Locally, the machines…

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Governments battle to maintain bridges

By Ryan McGeeney, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette When Washington County employees began tearing down the Miley Wagon Bridge near Baldwin earlier this year, there was no doubt about how the county was going to stay within its estimated $400,000 budget for the project: in-house manpower and resourceful purchasing. A quarter of the road bridges in Arkansas are…

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St. Clair County’s part-time employees earn the same benefits as those who work full time

By Daniel Kelley, The Belleville News Democrat A review of the salaries and benefits of public employees and elected officials at St. Clair County found the county spent more than $1 million on such benefits for 86 part-time employees and politicians. County officials say the benefits are necessary as an incentive to draw better employees…

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180 Arkansas facilities, mainly wholesale, retail, store fertilizer

By Ryan McGeeney, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Only one fertilizer manufacturer in Arkansas currently reports storing both anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate, the two chemical compounds thought to be responsible for the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, on April 17.  Full story: http://www.emailthis.clickability.com/et/emailThis?clickMap=viewThis&etMailToID=899415213 This story was published with help from IRE’s Total Newsroom Training

Enforcement Works To Keep Alcohol Violations In Check

By Misty Gittings, NWAonline Businesses selling alcoholic beverages in Benton and Washington counties had 72 violations from March 2012 through February, according to records from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. Full story: http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2013/apr/21/enforcement-works-keep-alcohol-violations-check/ This story was published with help from IRE’s Total Newsroom Training

Census finds difference in night and day

By Daniel Kelley, The Belleville News-Democrat Filtering through Census data, Belleville News-Democrat discovered cities that experience huge daily growth as commuters arrive from bedroom communities. For example, workers caused the population of Sauget to balloon 10 times its normal size, while the village of Shiloh sees its population drop more than 40 percent each weekday.…

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News organizations chosen for Total Newsroom Training

Eight news organizations have been chosen for IRE’s Total Newsroom Training. TNT is a new program that provides intense, in-house training for newsrooms dedicated to watchdog journalism. More than 50 applications were submitted. Training is customized and includes sessions ranging from public records battles to hands-on data analysis. “We are thrilled with the large number of…

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