IRE Radio Podcast | BONUS: The Rules of Undercover Reporting

The Society of Professional Journalists advises that reporters should only use undercover methods when absolutely necessary to get information that’s vital to the public. But even if a reporter follows those guidelines, where do they stand in the eyes of the law? Are they still vulnerable to civil suits and criminal charges? On this bonus…

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How journalists can apply ethical frameworks to web scraping

Web scraping serves as a helpful last resort reporting tool for data journalists, but it comes with its fair share of ethical and technical concerns. At this year’s NICAR conference, Martin Burch of The Wall Street Journal, Ricardo Brom of La Nación, Amanda Hickman of BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts, and…

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Avoid data dumps, focus on the story

By Mayra Cruz @MayraC27 News stories should avoid boring readers by not becoming jargon-by-numbers accounts of events, Anthony DeBarros of USA Today said at the “Making sure you tell a story” panel. “Our readers want better,” he said. “We’ve got to make our stories sing.” Ron Nixon of The New York Times said reporters have a…

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