The Center for Investigative Reporting recalibrates to cover Trump

By Amy Pyle Editor’s Note: This article first ran on Nov. 21, 2016 on the Columbia Journalism Review’s website. I was jolted awake, or rather I was jolted awake, by the Northridge Earthquake on January 17, 1994. I drove bleary-eyed down the 210 freeway to the 118, careening off expansion joints that had become steps. Less than…

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Election 2016: Watch free videos on campaign finance, advertising analysis tools

As part of our NICAR-Learn video series, we’ve released three new training videos on working with election data, specifically campaign finance and advertising. We’ve made the videos – and a few others we think might be useful for election coverage – free and available to everyone between now and Election Day. After that, the videos…

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NICAR Preview: Don’t miss these Sunday morning sessions

While planning your travel for NICAR16 in Denver, don’t forget about Sunday morning. In addition to a lineup of panels and hands-on classes, we’ll be offering the following special sessions: A three-hour interactive workshop with Quinn Norton. “Seeing like a network: Learning how to think about digital security” will cover what’s known as “threat modeling”…

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Merchants of mudslinging: Tips for investigating campaign advertising

By Mariam Baksh Michael Beckel reports on money and politics for the Center for Public Integrity, Julie Bykowicz covers money and politics for the Associated Press and Robert Faturechi covers campaign finance for ProPublica. Among them, there’s almost three decades of experience reporting on political campaigns.  Here are their tips for navigating the worlds of…

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Online voting begins this afternoon in Board of Directors election

Starting today IRE members can vote online for the IRE Board of Directors. Ballots will be sent to the primary e-mail as listed in your membership profile. We expect voting to open around 4 p.m. (Central). So far 13 people have declared candidacy; seven of the board’s 13 seats are up for election this year. To…

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Consider running for the IRE Board of Directors

2014 Board Election Schedule May 1 – Period to declare candidacy for the IRE Board begins May 30 – Deadline for candidates to file to appear on the initial ballot June 9 – Voting period begins, candidate statements posted online June 26 – Deadline to get on the ballot June 28 – Candidate forum at 6…

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Adding depth to coverage of election results

For help in the scramble to provide instant results and analysis — all while sorting through close decisions on the local and federal level —  check out these resources for adding depth to your election night coverage, the day after stories and long range post-election stories. Also, check out our look at data-driven stories leading…

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Follow the money with IRE’s election coverage webinar

There are several ways that political funds can play a role in key states, especially during an election year. In IRE’s 2012 election coverage webinar from Derek Willis of The New York Times, you’ll see how to trace money that comes from outside sources to state-based political groups, and how to follow the path of…

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Behind the story: Who Can Vote?

By Leonard Downie Jr. Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication                 The News21 national investigation of voting rights in the U. S., which was launched August 12 on its own website, votingrights.news21.com, and in news media around the country, began early this year with a video-conferenced spring semester…

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Seven members elected to IRE board of directors

IRE members elected seven new directors to the IRE board on Saturday evening at the organization’s annual conference in Boston. The newly elected members are: Manny Garcia of El Nuevo Herald, Sarah Cohen of Duke University, Mc Nelly Torres of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, Rob Cribb of The Toronto Star, Stuart Watson of…

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