New yearlong fellowship supports journalists of color

A new yearlong IRE fellowship seeks to increase the range of backgrounds, experiences and interests within the field of investigative journalism, where diverse perspectives are critically important. The IRE Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship is made possible thanks to generous donations from IRE members Mike Gruss, Meghan Hoyer, Megan Luther and Mike Tahani. “We’re grateful…

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Behind the fellowship: Ralph Chapoco, Washington County Daily News

We’ll be raising money at the 2018 IRE Conference in Orlando to support diversity scholarships. All donations made during the conference — on-site or online —will go toward this important cause and help send journalists of color to the 2019 IRE Conference in Houston. We asked previous diversity fellowship recipients to share how the award made…

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Behind the fellowship: Sarah Rafique, KXAN-TV

We’ll be raising money at the 2018 IRE Conference in Orlando to support diversity scholarships. All donations made during the conference — on-site or online — will go toward this important cause and help send journalists of color to the 2019 IRE Conference in Houston. We asked previous diversity fellowship recipients to share how the award…

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Behind the fellowship: Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times

We’ll be raising money at the 2018 IRE Conference in Orlando to support diversity scholarships. All donations made during the conference — on-site or online —will go toward this important cause and help send journalists of color to the 2019 IRE Conference in Houston. We asked previous diversity fellowship recipients to share how the award made…

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Mining past and future census data to predict diversity in race, income and aging

By Kouichi Shirayanagi The United States is becoming increasingly racially diverse, especially in the West, Southwest and Southeast. However, the Midwest and New England still remain heavily white. The Hispanic population is growing at the fastest rate. Stephanie Ewert, chief of the Foreign-Born Population Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau, said that especially among children,…

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Covering racial injustice in the age of Black Lives Matter

“Race is the original problem in this country.” That’s from IRE member Nikole Hannah-Jones, one of the nation’s most well-respected investigative and data reporters, who visited the University of Missouri earlier this week to present a lecture called “Covering racial injustice in the age of Black Lives Matter.” It was an appropriate and timely topic…

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Investigating racial inequality: Dig deeper and stop obsessing over intent

Find this story in the latest issue of the IRE Journal By Nikole Hannah-Jones | New York Times Magazine The last year has been a particularly tumultuous one when it comes to race in the United States. We’ve seen riots in two cities following the police killings of unarmed black men. There have been nationwide protests…

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Investigating racial inequality: Dig deeper and stop obsessing over intent

Find this story in the latest issue of the IRE Journal By Nikole Hannah-Jones | New York Times Magazine The last year has been a particularly tumultuous one when it comes to race in the United States. We’ve seen riots in two cities following the police killings of unarmed black men. There have been nationwide protests…

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Tips for reporting on diverse communities that aren’t your own

By Amber Liu  Trying to excel at covering diverse communities might include new techniques or resources, such as collaboratively developing a diverse source list and rethinking how to best use interpreters. Sherry Yu of Temple University, Michael Matza of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Sabrina Vourvoulias of AL DÍA News suggested these techniques and more at…

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The new muckrakers: The expanding world of investigative journalism

Shani Hilton of BuzzFeed and Betsy Reed of The Intercept at the 2015 IRE Conference.Credit: Roger Barone | Talk Radio News Service  By Miranda A. Strong The abuses of power and labor that followed the industrial boom of the 1900s inspired journalists to investigate corruption and expose its consequences to the masses. The work of…

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