IRE Radio Podcast | The Shooter

February 14, 2018 started out as a relatively calm day for Florida’s Sun Sentinel newsroom. Then, Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a semiautomatic rifle. Before the day was done, 17 people would be dead and 17 more would be wounded in one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American…

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Enhance your breaking news reporting with data and documents

By Quint Forgey The old newspaper adage, “there is no news in the newsroom,” no longer applies to American media. That’s because journalists can easily access publicly available data to quickly enhance reporting and put journalists hours – even days – ahead of competitors when local news breaks. In Thursday’s session, “Data for breaking news,”…

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IRE Radio Podcast | Beyond Breaking News

When a story breaks, speed is key. But so are depth, context and accuracy. So how do you cover the news while simultaneously digging deeper? This week we’re talking about investigating breaking news. Our speakers will cover everything from identifying sources on the scene to developing a plan for watchdog coverage. Here’s the lineup: Scott…

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Coverage guide for aviation safety

A Boeing jetliner operated by the airline Asiana crashed and caught fire at San Francisco International Airport on its arrival from Seoul on Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring more than 100 others. The National Transportation Safety Board has announced it will investigate, but it could take years to determine the cause of…

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Tips for covering the Arizona wildland firefighter deaths

Photo courtesy of the Incident Information System. Editor’s Note: As the Yarnell Hill Fire continues to blaze, mourning begins for the lives of 19 firefighters lost in the battle. Reporters are beginning to dig into why this disaster happened. Nate Carlisle, justice editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, has covered wildfires since 2005 and completed…

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Investigating breaking news with records, data and compassion

By Zachary Matson and Gwen Girsdansky Some reporters love the opportunity to spend months or even years working on a story, taking the time to develop a stable of sources and marinate in thousands of pages of documents. Sometimes the news is not so cooperative. By its nature, breaking news is fraught with chaos and…

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Investigating in the aftermath of natural and man-made a disasters

By Gwen Girsdansky Reporters and editors from The Oklahoman, Newsday, CBS News and WFAA shared their secrets for covering disasters Friday at the 2013 IRE Conference.  Paul Monies of The Oklahoman recommended having a “go bag” ready before a disaster strikes. Fill it with items like a full change of clothes for after a night…

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Investigating after an industrial explosion

A chemical plant explosion in Geismar, La. has injured more than 30 people and killed at least one, according to Louisiana State Police. It’s the first major explosion since the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people. When a major plant explosion happens, how do you figure out what went wrong? Journalists have been…

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Don’t miss at IRE 2013: How to investigate on your beat

No matter your beat, there’s a session at the 2013 IRE Conference that can help you investigate it. The conference has sessions on how to launch investigations while working on any beat, such as every day data and building sources on the beat, as well as several panels with investigation ideas for specific beats. Check…

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Data Viz on the fly

John Keefe of WNYC said anticipate question before your audiences asks them. Is a hurricane headed my way? Am I in a flood zone? Preparing for an emergency should happen before the storm sirens start blaring. The same goes for your data visualizations, Keefe said. His newsrooms uses Google Fusion tables, Mapbox and Google Spreadsheets…

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