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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IRE Radio Podcast | Ghost Schools

For years, the U.S. has pushed education as one of its major triumphs in Afghanistan. The government helped build schools, train teachers, issue textbooks and educate scores of girls. And for years, that legacy went relatively unchecked. But when Azmat Khan of BuzzFeed News began questioning the numbers and visiting schools in the region this…

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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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Inequality is not magical, and other takeaways from top journalists reporting on race issues

By Moriah Balingit In the past year, incidents of police brutality and fatal police shootings have served as a flashpoint for discussions on race in this country. And rightfully, much of the discourse has been centered around those events: the details, the characters, the protests and investigations in their aftermath. But how do journalists move…

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IRE Radio Podcast | Scrutinizing your schools

This week we bring you an education-themed podcast in two acts. First we’ll talk about campus coverage, specifically investigations into Title IX and sexual assault. In Act II we’ll turn to K-12 education with a piece on school segregation. Here’s the lineup: Paula Lavigne and Nicole Noren of ESPN talk about their investigation into Title…

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NICAR Data Library releases updated DOE campus crime data

The NICAR Database Library has updated the Department of Education’s ​Campus Crime data to include the most recent reports on alleged crime, arrests and discipline reported for 2012.  Buy it here.   What’s in it? The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges…

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Behind the Story: How Kent State tracked student athletes missing class

By Karl Idsvoog, Kent State University How do you get into college if you can only read at a grade-school level? Last January, CNN’s Sara Ganim answered that question in a powerful piece of reporting. In a few short sentences Sara personalized the reality of college athletics at the University of North Carolina as she told…

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How to survive your first CAR story

By Jennifer Johnson, The Grand Forks Herald Spreadsheet programs like Excel have always intimidated me. Sure, I dabbled in them a few times. I pulled up pre-formatted sheets and leafed through them. I used basic formulas and figured out percentages. And I also attended a two-day IRE training with fellow reporters at the Grand Forks…

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