Broadcasters: Sign up for coaching opportunities in Orlando

We’re offering several opportunities for broadcast journalists to receive individualized and small-group coaching at the IRE Conference in Orlando. These coaching sessions are free to attendees but require sign-up. Sixty percent of the available slots are open for registration now; The remaining 40 percent (designated as “Drop-In Slot” on the schedule) will open for sign-up…

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Sign up now for the mentorship program at IRE 2018 in Orlando

Sign-ups are now open for IRE’s mentorship program, one of the best ways to take advantage of networking at the 2018 IRE Conference in Orlando. Before the conference, IRE will pair up mentors and mentees based on interests and make sure they connect in Orlando. These private, one-on-one sessions allow conference attendees to seek advice…

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Bill Whitaker to deliver 2018 IRE Conference keynote

We’re excited to announce that Bill Whitaker will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 IRE Conference in Orlando, June 14-17. The keynote will take place at the IRE Conference luncheon on Saturday, June 16.  From CBS News: Bill Whitaker was named a 60 Minutes correspondent in March 2014; the 2017-18 season will be his fourth on…

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Submit session, speaker ideas for the 2018 IRE Conference

IRE’s annual investigative reporting conference will be taking place June 14-17, 2018 in Orlando — and we want your input! Use this form to share ideas, suggestions and other comments you think will help us plan the best possible conference. The only required field is your contact information (in case we want to follow up).…

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The art of access: Strategies for acquiring public records in an increasingly anti-media world

By Ashley Sutherland, Arizona State University Delays. Excessive redactions. Fees. These are just some of the issues journalists and other citizens face when requesting public records from the government. David Cuillier, director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, and Miranda Spivack, a professor of journalism at DePauw University, offered tips and strategies on how…

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Tips for digging into special education

Mining data and digging for documents can be powerful tools for finding families who may not be getting the best special education services. David DesRoches of WNPR in Connecticut, Brian Rosenthal of The New York Times and Heather Vogell of ProPublica shared this tip and more during their IRE Conference panel, “Investigating special education.” “Remember…

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Inspiration to make your storytelling hum

“But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.” To Ken Armstrong, a writer at The Marshall Project, these 12 words from Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” demonstrate the epitome of good storytelling. “A great lyric can tell you a story in just a few words,” Armstrong told conference IRE Conference attendees.…

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What to do when mental health and criminal justice collide

By Ashley Sutherland, Arizona State University Although mental health-related police shootings and violence against law enforcement occur nationwide, there’s limited data on these kinds of cases. During the “When mental health and criminal justice collide” session at the 2017 IRE Conference, Eric Wieffering of the Star Tribune, Kimbriell Kelly of The Washington Post and Josh Hinkle…

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