Donate an IRE membership, help support the next generation of investigative journalists

Our student sponsorship program is back for 2017! Last year, more than 110 of you sponsored memberships for nearly 180 students. For just $25, you shared the spirit of IRE – encouraging journalists to grow through training and mentorship. We ask for your support again this year as we aim to introduce more students to…

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Report on the student debt crisis with our new simplified database

Student debt is quickly becoming a national crisis. But reporting on student loans and college finances has always been thorny, especially when dealing with complicated bureaucracies and patchwork data. Earlier this year, for the first time ever, the Obama Administration released a comprehensive intersection of student population, college performance and “outcome” data, measuring with precise…

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Fake classes and suspicious subsidies: Tips for investigating your college campus

By Kaitlin Washburn Craig Flournoy, a journalism professor at the University of Cincinnati, recognizes the courage it takes for a student to do investigative reporting on the college he or she is attending. “It is a risk…to criticize the hand that signs your paycheck or that hands you your diploma,” Flournoy said. Marcelo Rochabrun did…

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How two court rulings involving universities breathe new life into the right to know

By Jonathan Peters, CJR.org Editor’s Note: This article first ran on March 23, 2016 on the Columbia Journalism Review’s website. Sunshine Week brought some welcome news for transparency advocates this year: Two state courts ruled, in suits brought by news organizations, that freedom-of-information laws require private entities to disclose their records if they perform a…

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College professors share tips, ideas for teaching data journalism

By D.B. Narverson Veteran educators offered three key tips for teaching data journalism during a CAR Conference session Thursday: Teach so that each lesson builds into the next, and review often. Use topics of interest to students, whether it’s restaurant health inspections, the plight of journalists overseas or a stray dog. Create situations where students…

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Donate an IRE membership, help support the next generation of investigative journalists

Our student sponsorship program is back by popular demand! Last year, about 260 of you sponsored memberships for nearly 400 students. For just $25, you helped us connect with the next generation of investigative reporters. You shared the spirit of IRE – encouraging journalists to grow through training and helping each other. We ask for your support again this year as we aim to introduce more students to…

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IRE Radio Podcast | Indiana Daily Student

With students across the country heading back to campus, we thought it was time to take a behind-the-scenes look at a student investigation. This week we’re talking to Megan Jula, a journalism student at Indiana University, about her reporting on the school’s mental health care services. Megan found that Indiana (and many other large public…

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Learn to investigate landlords and off-campus housing hazards

Across the country, the vast majority of college students live in off-campus houses and apartments. Register to attend our free webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 1:30 pm EDT and you’ll learn how to investigate landlords and safety hazards that put students at risk. Jill Riepenhoff, The Columbus Dispatch; Todd Wallack, The Boston Globe; Hagit Limor,…

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Journalists share advice on investigating campus sexual assault

Investigating student rights violations – From fraternities to the administration By Christian Matozzo Reporters Walt Bogdanich, Samantha Sunne, and Duane Pohlman offered tips on how to cover sexual assault on college campuses during a panel discussion at the annual IRE Conference in Philadelphia. Frank LoMonte from the Student Press Law Center moderated the panel. Campus…

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Introducing NICAR Courses

We’ve been training journalists for years and decided it was time to share some of that knowledge with college instructors to help prepare the next generation of journalists. With that in mind, we created NICAR Courses – everything instructors need to teach an introduction to data journalism using spreadsheets. This Excel module will cover two…

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