Board to consider IRE bylaws change

To comply with new U.S. Postal Service requirements for periodical mailings, the IRE Board of Directors at its 2 p.m. meeting on June 14, 2018 in Orlando will consider adding one line to the IRE Code of Bylaws: “Section 5.07 IRE Journal. A copy of The IRE Journal shall be sent to each member of…

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IRE Journal offers tips, tactics to cover Trump administration

As a public service, IRE is making the new issue of The IRE Journal magazine available for free to journalists, educators, students and the general public. The special issue of the quarterly magazine is full of practical tips, resources and strategies for covering a new presidential administration that’s openly hostile to the news media. Typically,…

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Key steps in the social verification process

In the 2017 First Quarter IRE Journal, Fergus Bell of Dig Deeper Media wrote about lessons from Electionland, one of the largest social newsgathering operations ever performed over the course of one day. More than 600 journalism students and experienced journalists worked together to monitor and verify social content around indicators of voter suppression on…

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Behind the prize: IRE Award winners take us behind the story in articles, podcasts

Want to know how those IRE Award-winning investigations came together? Throughout the year, journalists have taken us behind the story in podcasts and articles. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite pieces. Winners “Seafood from Slaves” by the Associated Press Listen to “The Story That Freed Hundreds of Slaves” on the IRE Radio…

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Finding Errors in Texas Data

By Brian Collister “You were right, and we were wrong.” It was a stunning reversal by Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, who couldn’t deny what KXAN spent months documenting: His troopers wereinaccurately reporting the race of minority motorists, mostly Hispanic, as “white” and skewing crucial racial profiling data. For months,…

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Investigative Books of 2015: “Ghettoside” leaves lasting impression

By Steve Weinberg With so many superb investigative/ explanatory books published by U.S. journalists during 2015, singling out just a few to this year’s IRE investigative book list feels daunting. That is true every year, but for reasons I cannot decipher precisely, the year 2015 felt more that way. Certainly, the impressive quality and quantity…

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Investigating racial inequality: Dig deeper and stop obsessing over intent

Find this story in the latest issue of the IRE Journal By Nikole Hannah-Jones | New York Times Magazine The last year has been a particularly tumultuous one when it comes to race in the United States. We’ve seen riots in two cities following the police killings of unarmed black men. There have been nationwide protests…

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Investigating racial inequality: Dig deeper and stop obsessing over intent

Find this story in the latest issue of the IRE Journal By Nikole Hannah-Jones | New York Times Magazine The last year has been a particularly tumultuous one when it comes to race in the United States. We’ve seen riots in two cities following the police killings of unarmed black men. There have been nationwide protests…

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Crammed Quarters: Exposing inequities of female student housing in Yemen

By Shada Hottam | Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism  Read more from this issue of the IRE Journal. A digital copy is available online. The idea of investigating “Nightmare Dorm at Sana’a University” started after I enrolled at Sana’a University to study TV and radio journalism in 2010. Over the years, I came to hear…

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Investigative reporter sentenced to prison

Khadija IsmayilovaPhoto by Radio Free Europe Today investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison in the country of Azerbaijan. According to one of Ismayilova’s employers, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Ismayilova was found guilty of embezzlement, tax evasion, abuse of power and running an illegal business. OCCRP reports that human rights…

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