#FOIAFriday: International FOIA tips and resources

Requesting data or documents from another country can be a confusing and challenging task. What kinds of records are available? Who do you contact about them? Which laws govern their release? For #FOIAFriday this week we put together a roundup of some of our favorite resources on international records requests. If you have foreign FOIA…

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Federal agencies fail FOIA test conducted by Syracuse University

Card If you report on the government, it may not surprise you to read that only seven of the 21 federal agencies recently FOIAed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) have provided records more than two months after the requests went out. TRAC, a research center that administers the FOIA Project out of Syracuse…

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Behind the Story: How NPR and ProPublica exposed problems with the Red Cross’ response to Superstorm Sandy

Justin Elliott of ProPublica Justin Elliott, Jesse Eisinger and Laura Sullivan turned a vague tip about the American Red Cross’ inefficiency into a powerful report about the organization’s failings after Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy. The joint project between ProPublica and NPR revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars pouring in from donors in 2012…

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In Pennsylvania, culture of secrecy, Right to Know Law remain work in progress

Pennsylvania’s records laws were for many years among the most restrictive in the country, and though the letter of the law has since improved drastically, freedom of information advocates say the spirit of the law has lagged. Pennsylvania overhaul of its Right to Know Law four years ago was a major victory for government transparency,…

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NY Times executive editor stresses importance of investigative reporting

By Pamela Cyran @CyranStar See video of Abramson’s entire speech From The Boston Globe: New York Times editor chides White House New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s keynote address during the IRE Awards Luncheon stressed the importance of investigative reporting and warned of a crack down against sources who leak information.  Abramson reminded us that…

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Broadcast panels offer insight to all at this year’s IRE Conference

We’ve got a great lineup of panels for broadcasters and anyone who shoots video for their projects at this year’s IRE Conference in Boston next month. Sessions will dig into confrontation interviews, how to take your story national, making document-based stories visual and how to do more with less. A panel of network media attorneys…

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Remembering Mike Wallace

60 Minutes’ Morley Safer offers this essay in honor of the memory of Mike Wallace, who died at age 93 this weekend. IRE members can click here to see the entries in our story library that Wallace contributed during his long career exposing wrongdoing at CBS. Charles Lewis, who worked with Wallace at 60 Minutes,…

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Dig deeper with historical Census

Look out social media, stand back hottest app of the day, I have a new research obsession: The 1940 Census. Thanks to the National Archives you can now locate responses for individuals and families from the 1940 Census. Details include age, gender, marital status, education, employment, residency in 1935 and more. While there isn’t a…

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Share your thoughts for IRE’s conference logo

Send us your creative, inspired ideas yearning to be on our website or a T-Shirt. The 2012 IRE Conference is coming to Boston, and we’re looking for your help. After the success of the Computer Assisted Reporting Conference  T-shirt contest, we want to hear more design ideas from our members. IRE staff and students are working…

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Call for IRE Board of Directors candidates

Seven seats up for election on IRE board The filing period has begun for those planning to run for the IRE board of directors. Seven seats on the 13-member board are up for election. The election will be held June 16 at the IRE annual conference in Boston. The IRE board serves as the governing…

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