IRE partners with Knight Foundation in local TV training initiative

Regional television watchdog workshops, data bootcamp fellowships for local TV journalists and a digital TV watchdog portal will be part of a three-year project of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The $390,000 grant to IRE is part of $2.6 million in new funding from Knight Foundation to…

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Broadcasters: Sign up for coaching opportunities in Phoenix

We’re offering several opportunities for broadcast journalists to receive individualized and small-group coaching at the IRE Conference in Phoenix.  Barry Nash and his team return this year to provide personalized coaching sessions. If you have questions about any aspect of your delivery — your appearance, how you use your voice, how you can perform most effectively in…

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Napoli Management Group creates IRE scholarship

Napoli Management Group, one of the largest news talent representation firms in the country, has established and will fund an IRE scholarship to benefit young television journalists interested in investigative reporting. The scholarship is designed to help aspiring watchdog journalists, early in their careers, who otherwise would not have the financial means to attend the…

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How to turn data into compelling audio and video

By Maggie Angst For journalists working with audio or video, it can sometimes be challenging to find the best way to display data in story. Joe Wertz, an environment and energy reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma, emphasized that although we really want a character to tell a story, sometimes the data can be the character. For…

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Getting to know Lee Zurik of WVUE in New Orleans

Lee Zurik | Photo by Jocelyn Stargell-Zachery Jocelyn Stargell-Zachery talks with Lee Zurik, evening anchor and chief investigative reporter at WVUE-TV in New Orleans. Stargell-Zachery: What sparked your interest in the field of journalism? Zurik: I was kind of a freak, and I wanted to be in journalism since I was like 10 years old.…

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Behind the Story: How KING 5 TV overcame language barriers to investigate birth tourism

A screenshot from KING 5 TV’s broadcast showing the website for Seattle Fu Hua Enterprises LLC There were elusive aspects to this story that dogged Chris Ingalls from the beginning — the inscrutable website, the murky legal environment, the incognito maternity mansion. But none was more important, or more delicate, than scoring the face-to-face interviews…

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How to get interviews while staying human

At the 2015 IRE Conference in Philadelphia, Scott Friedman, Keli Rabon, and Scott Zamost gave their best tips for convincing unsure or powerful sources to sit down for television interviews. Here are excerpts from the panel that outline their best pieces of advice. Scott Friedman, a Senior Investigative Reporter at NBC5/Dallas-Fort Worth, spells out his…

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Veteran broadcast journalists share tips on story structure

By Brittany Collins Structuring an investigative news story is important. Not only does it help prevent confusion for viewers, but it also allows the reporter to get creative when putting together various elements of the story. Solly Granatstein from The Weather Channel, Brendan Keefe from WXIA-Atlanta, Chris Vanderveen from KUSA/9News Denver, and Matt Goldberg from…

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Reserve your spot for Broadcast Show & Tell

Tisha Thompson explains Broadcast Show & Tell Reserve your spot for Broadcast Show & Tell! These sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 10 minutes and includes a 5-minute break. All of the sessions will take place in Franklin…

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3 tips for quick-turn broadcast investigations

By Bianca Brown  One day. Sometimes that’s all the time you have to sift through data and turn around an accurate story. During the “Broadcast: Viz, quick hits and the data you need” panel, Jamie Grey, an assistant professor of radio and television journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism; Andy Pierrotti, an…

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