IRE partners with PacerMonitor to offer new member benefit

**February 12, 2020 update: Starting August 1, 2020, PacerMonitor will no longer offer free subscriptions to IRE members. Instead they will offer a 50% discount which, for IRE members, will be $24.50/mo for their Plus plan and $49.50/mo for their Professional plan. Members who currently have free subscriptions will find those subscriptions ending July 31.…

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How to find and use data to cover the lower courts

By Ashley Balcerzak Reporters write story after story about the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat left by Antonin Scalia. But many news outlets overlook the benches in their local areas that can impact their communities much more directly: municipal courts. During the IRE panel “Do criminal and municipal courts treat defendants fairly?” Kendall Taggart from BuzzFeed News, Ted Gest…

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IRE Radio Podcast | Killed by the Cops

How many times a year do police kill people? And what happens to officers after they fire a fatal shot? Those were just some of the questions prompted by the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. On this episode of the IRE Radio Podcast we’ll be talking to…

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Behind the Story: Solving the mystery of the porn copyright troll

By Dalton Barker Researching the connection between copyright lawsuits and a porn company can be tricky — especially while at work. Claire Suddath, a Bloomberg reporter based in New York City, navigated the murky waters before she published her recent investigative piece: Prenda Law, the Porn Copyright Trolls. Suddath discovered that Chicago-based Prenda Law had…

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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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