Journalism organizations to offer special training in New Orleans

If you’re making the trip to New Orleans for the IRE Conference, consider tacking on some additional training. Several of our partners are offering special workshops and classes in conjunction with the conference. The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism  At “10 Great Business Databases to Mine for Stories,” data journalist Steve Doig…

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Ethical Source Development

By Aidan White | Ethical Journalism Network The relationship between journalists and their sources is complex and full of ethical pitfalls. In the provocative opening to her splendid 1983 book onthe subject, “The Journalist and the Murderer,” Janet Malcolm targets deceptive journalism: “Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what…

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Developing Sources

By Bernice Yeung There are many lessons about journalism to be learned from “Spotlight,” the film that chronicles The Boston Globe’s investigation into the Boston Archdiocese’s systemic cover-up of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. As the story behind the story, “Spotlight” highlights themes that are especially instructive to investigative reporters: That there’s the unspoken…

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2016 IRE Conference to take place 1 week earlier than planned

Due to a booking conflict by the New Orleans Marriott, the IRE conference will be held a week earlier. Please mark your calendars for June 16-19, 2016 and plan to attend the annual conference being held in New Orleans.  The best in the business will gather for more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about…

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Global FOI: AP tests laws in 105 countries

**This article appeared in the Winter 2012 IRE Journal** By Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press My freedom of information lesson at The Associated Press Mexico City bureau was not going well. Everyone kept inexplicably cracking up. MISTAKE #1. It ends up that “FOIA” sounds remarkably close to a vulgar f-word in Spanish. Also, because Mexico actually…

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American clunker: U.S. FOIA falling behind other countries

**This article appeared in the Fall 2014 IRE Journal** By David Cuillier, University of Arizona School of Journalism When it comes to freedom of information, the United States can learn a lot from other countries. Now, 103 countries have freedom of information laws, most of those passed in the last 15 years. Many were modeled after the…

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Analytics for reporters: Ignorance is not bliss

By Meldon Jones A few months ago, “SEO” was like a dirty word to Education Week reporter Benjamin Herold. His reporting philosophy – “Build it and they will come” – placed the onus on readers to find and engage with content on his blog. Herold routinely ignored emails lauding anything related to the importance of…

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