Where to find information on ‘dark money’

By Brittany Crocker There’s a saying in the journalism world: “News is what someone wants suppressed. Everything else is advertising.” Carrie Levine from the Center for Public Integrity said if that’s true, then we should all be writing stories about dark money. Levine, Robert Maguire from the Center for Responsive Politics and Melissa Yeager of…

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Investigating money in politics on foot and online

By George Varney Fredreka Schouten presented a campaign finance panel at the 2014 CAR Conference in Baltimore with fellow USA TODAY reporter Chris Schnaars and AP reporter Jack Gillum. The panel focused on different techniques for investigating political conventions and using online databases. Schouten gets to conventions two days early, before security shows up, to…

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Behind the Story: Tax forms and FEC filings reveal nonprofit’s political activity

Learning about sources of political spending can be “like unpacking a Russian nesting doll,” says Michael Beckel, a politics reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. Using tax filings as his primary source, Beckel investigated the third most politically-active nonprofit in 2012 as part of the Center for Public Integrity’s Consider the Source project.  “In…

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IRE, Google create new grant program for data journalism projects

A new fund that will provide crucial support for journalists working on data projects will be launched this fall. Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) will award grants thanks to a $50,000 donation from Google Ideas.  IRE Executive Director Mark Horvit said the fund will allow more news organizations to do in-depth reporting.  “Digging into data…

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Campus Coverage Project students showcase investigative reporting skills

Experienced reporters have some rising stars to keep an eye on, thanks to the Campus Coverage Project. Just last week, a story edited by 2011 project participant Chelsea Boozer, now managing editor of The Daily Helmsman at the University of Memphis, was published on IRE’s “Extra Extra” blog. The Campus Coverage Project teaches college students…

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