Data to fact check economic claims

Economic issues have taken center stage during this year’s elections. Candidates for office are trying to tap into voters’ discontent about unemployment, government spending and housing. It’s easy for journalists and the public to get lost when politicians toss out economic statistics to score points. So IRE and the Sunlight Foundation have teamed up to…

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Improving news coverage with data

By Mayra Cruz @MayraC27 News stories can be deepened through data, said speakers in the “Using data journalism to investigate the news” panel.  “News happens fast,” Arizona Daily Star Rob O’Dell reporter said. From tracking crime to finance, incorporating data in journalism goes beyond daily reporting and anecdotal information.  Adding visualizations, numbers and maps allow the public to…

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New York Times’ Abramson to keynote 2012 IRE Conference

Jill Abramson, who took over as executive editor of The New York Times in September, will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 IRE Conference in Boston. She is the first woman to hold that position in the newspaper’s more than 160-year history.  More than 800 journalists and journalism educators are expected to attend the four-day conference…

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Doctor data closed by federal government available through journalism groups’ efforts

As part of an effort by three journalism organizations to maintain public access to an important database of physician discipline records, that data is now being made available free of charge through the IRE website. Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Association of Health Care Journalists and theSociety of Professional Journalists have protested the government’s decision to cut off access to The…

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