How brokers’ bonuses can lead to ruin

The Star Tribune published an unprecedented examination of Wall Street recruitment practices this weekend. The story showed how big investment companies are dangling six-figure bonuses as a way to recruit top brokers, but the deals come with so many strings that the deals often backfire for both the brokers and their clients.

Register for special training Wednesday at the CAR Conference

Start your 2016 CAR Conference a day early to take advantage of some special training opportunities from our partners.   Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting will once again offer “Techraking <=16: Bootstrapping the News,” a popular workshop that helps attendees set up their computers to take advantage of all the tools they’ll be learning about…

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Scrutinizing what you scrape: How The New York Times investigated arbitration

A graphic from The New York Times’ arbitration series Court records have long been a vital tool for journalists looking to hold powerful corporations accountable. But what happens when disputes between companies and consumers move out of open court and into private meeting rooms? What happens when class action lawsuits – and the wealth of…

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Tips for finding and using data to fuel business investigations

By Tierra Smith Two IRE speakers helped journalists find data for business stories during a session at the 2015 CAR Conference. Andrea Fuller and John Schoen offered tips on where to look and how to use information to build stronger stories. Schoen, an economics reporter at CNBC Digital, said the key to using data in…

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IRE Preview: Learn to detect corporate fraud with tips from a crook and a sleuth

Leading up the IRE Conference, the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will offer a free pre-conference workshop from 1:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25. Attendees will learn the fundamental methods for inspecting public filings for corporate fraud. The information gained in this session will allow reporters to spot red flags in corporate disclosures and…

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Behind the Story: The Indianapolis Star’s probe into the billion-dollar deer farming industry

Ryan Sabalow It’s like a gold rush. There’s money to be made, but the cost of those riches is a host of harmful, unintended consequences. A recent Indianapolis Star investigation uncovered evidence linking lucrative deer farming operations to the spread of invasive lice and diseases such as bovine tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease in wild…

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Staying on the paper trail of a major business

By Zachary Matson Businesses may control the world, but they also leave paper and people trails everywhere they go. Resources as basic as a company’s website and resources as complex as analytic tools created by financial firms can be used by journalists to tell important stories about what public and private companies are up to.…

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Apply now for agribusiness reporting workshop

Navajo boys plow a corn field on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico, date unknown. Photo from the National Archives and Records Administration. IRE and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting are seeking applicants for an all-expenses paid workshop on how to cover agribusiness in the Midwest. The workshop, held from May 30 to June…

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Wednesday wrap-up: Breaking local stories with economic data

Wednesday was a busy day preparing for the start of sessions on Thursday, but one panel was already under way — “Breaking Local Stories with Economic Data,” hosted by the (Sponsored by Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism). Paul Overberg of USA Today and Thomas Dall and Jeannine Aversa of the Bureau of…

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Covering the repurchase market and shadow banking

Veteran journalist Mary Fricker has put together a guide for the Reynolds Business Journalism Center on how to cover the repurchase market and shadow banking, which she says is “inherently unstable. It triggered the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008. It’s a key reason that our recovery is weak. Yet in 2008, when the financial…

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