IRE promotes Hutchins as fifth full-time trainer

IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins has been promoted to training director, becoming the organization’s fifth full-time trainer. She will join the largest training team in IRE’s history, led by Senior Training Director Denise Malan. Hutchins will lead efforts to expand the number of immersive data boot camps that IRE offers across the United States. She…

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Meet the trainer: Francisco Vara-Orta

Francisco Vara-Orta worked in newsrooms around the country for 17 years before bringing his experience to IRE as a trainer. We talked with Francisco about his time as an investigative/data journalist and his previous work at IRE.   Q: How did you get started in journalism? A: I got my start in journalism pretty young…

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Meet the trainer: Patti DiVincenzo

Patti DiVincenzo was an investigative producer and data specialist at WSB-TV in Atlanta for 16 years. Now, she’s bringing her experience to IRE as a trainer. We talked with Patti about her broadcast career and her time as an IRE member. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you get started…

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Two veteran journalists join IRE as trainers

Award-winning TV journalist Patti DiVincenzo and investigative data journalist Francisco Vara-Orta will join IRE as trainers. Their hirings mark an IRE milestone — the first time the organization has employed four full-time trainers. DiVincenzo and Vara-Orta join Cody Winchester as trainers, with all reporting to IRE Senior Training Director Denise Malan. The team also includes…

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How the IRE Conference comes together, in pictures

After months of planning, the final pieces of the IRE Conference all come together on a very busy Wednesday. It starts with boxes. Shipped from the IRE offices in Columbia, Mo., and elswhere, those boxes reside with one of the host organizations — this year the San Antonio Express-News — until they’re hauled over to…

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