IRE Radio Podcast | Fostering Disparity

Brandon Stahl has spent years reporting on foster care for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But at a meeting with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, he stumbled across a fact he’d never heard before: Minnesota places a higher share of American Indian kids into foster care than any other state. A year-long investigation with data journalist…

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Introducing NICAR-Learn: A new hub for on-demand training videos

Trying to boost your data journalism skills? We know it can be hard to learn on your own. For more than 20 years, journalists have used Investigative Reporters & Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting to share ideas, solve problems and discuss techniques for computer-assisted reporting. Today we’re excited to introduce NICAR-Learn, a…

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IRE Radio Podcast | Biking While Black

When Tampa Bay Times reporters Alexandra Zayas and Kameel Stanley got their hands on state and local data about bike tickets, they found some sobering statistics. Tampa police were stopping bicyclists at an alarming rate. And eight out of 10 of the bicyclists ticketed were black.  It’s a great story, and even if your coverage…

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From facts to data: Tips for making your stories airtight

By Taylor Bembery According to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, a journalist is required to seek and report the truth. At the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference in Philadelphia, journalists discussed methods for making stories airtight. The panel was moderated by Shawn McIntosh of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and included panelists, Alleen Brown…

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How to write an unforgettable data story

IRE attendees learn how to effectively use data in their stories from a panel of award-winning journalists Photo by LaCrai Mitchell By LaCrai Mitchell “Just make sure if you fail, you did what you wanted to do.” At face value, this David Letterman quote is completely unrelated to telling a good data story. However, during…

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Finding story ideas hidden inside census data

By Anh Nguyen It’s not uncommon to see a news story citing percentages and analyses that sounds like they came from an expert who specializes in collecting data and doing math, such as “21.3 percent of the U.S. participates in Government Assistance Program each month.” Where this information comes from and how it’s collected are…

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You got your hands on a great data set. Now what?

By Glynn A. Hill Four journalists discussed tips for reporting out a data story at the 2015 CAR Conference in Atlanta. Steve Myers, visiting professor at Texas Christian University and special projects editor at The Lens, facilitated the panel. Speakers included James Ball, a special projects editor at The Guardian; Andy Lehren, a reporter for…

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How to take the next steps in data journalism

By Glynn A. Hill  Ryann Grochowski Jones, Eric Sagara, and Helena Bengtsson co-hosted a panel called “Life after Excel and Access” at the 2015 CAR Conference to share tips about taking the next steps in data journalism. Grochowski Jones, a data reporter at ProPublica, talked about the first steps. Below are some of her suggestions:…

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OMB to release largest index of government data in the world

By Matt Rumsey, Sunlight Foundation On Feb. 6, the Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to the Sunlight Foundation explaining how it planned to comply with our FOIA request for Enterprise Data Inventories. These inventories are compiled by 24 federal agencies as part of President Barack Obama’s 2013 open data executive order. The…

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Only 1 week left to enter the Philip Meyer contest

We know you’ve done some amazing work this past year and we’d love to see it! Enter the Philip Meyer Journalism Award contest for your chance to be recognized along with some of the best journalists in the country. Entries are now being accepted online, through November 21st. Established in 2005, the award was created to…

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