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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Longtime member pledges debut book royalties to IRE endowment

Nancy Stancill, an IRE member for 25 years and a former board member, has pledged royalties from her debut suspense novel Saving Texas, to the IRE endowment.  Stancill, of Charlotte, N.C., has pledged the royalties from the first thousand books she sells to support the Godfrey Wells Stancill Small Newspaper Fellowship. The fellowship, established in 2006 in…

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New digital book on future of journalism doubles as classroom tool

The Knight Foundation has published a new book titled “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes from the Digital Age of Journalism,” which looks at the challenges facing journalism and includes essays on investigative reporting. Written by Eric Newton of the Knight Foundation, the text is intended to double as a tool for journalism educators, with more…

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A conversation with Lawrence Wright

// Texas-based author Lawrence Wright. Photo: Travis Hartman. Listen to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright discuss turning characters into donkeys, choosing his next project and working at his custom-built desk with his one-of-a-kind index card reporting system. Wright is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the Austin-Texas based author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda…

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2011 IRE Investigative Books List

IRE’s annual list of investigative books can be viewed here and seen below. More than 200 books published in 2011 made the list. The annual list is compiled by Steve Weinberg.  If you know of an investigative/explanatory book written by an American journalist published last year for public sale and fail to see it listed, please…

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Pre-registration deadline Monday for 2012 CAR Conference

Don’t miss out as some of the best data journalists in the world come together for IRE’s annual conference devoted to computer-assisted reporting. Pre-registration ends Monday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. (Central Standard Time). On-site registration is accepted, but the fee increases. Register online before the deadline to reserve your space. This year’s conference, held…

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