IRE Conference first-timer

By Mikel SchaeferWVUE-TV New Orleans Following the conclusion of the Boston IRE Conference, I felt compelled to share my experience as an IRE Conference first-timer, especially since I was a fairly rare species at the event. Unlike most attending the three-day conference, I was not an investigative reporter, but one of a handful of television…

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Dive in deep, swim to the top – tips on building your career

By Pamela Cyran @CyranStar Graduating? Mid-career? These job-hunting tips from veteran reporters are for everyone in the business. El Nuevo Herald Executive Editor Manny Garcia was joined by Stephen Stock, KNTV-San Francisco, Sarah Cohen, Duke University, and Len Downie of the Washington Post, on “Building your career: A roundtable discussion.” The panel offered advice on how to get ahead in today’s…

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Writing the investigative story

By Châu [email protected] After spending weeks, months or even years to do an investigation, you want to write an interesting story that makes readers really want to read it. “Your goal is to pull people in and your second goal is to keep them there,” Seattle Times investisgative reporter Ken Armstrong said.  He and Steve…

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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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Tips for investigative reporters in China

By Shuyi Wang Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, has become an essential tool for investigative reporters in China, said Ying Chan, journalism professor from the University of Hong Kong on the Saturday’s panel “Investigative Reporting in China.” Chan cited the most discussed news in China recently to explain the power of Weibo. China’s government suspended…

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How to talk your way to the truth

By Châu [email protected] How do you get people to open up? How do you get the key information you’re are looking for? The first thing before we’re heading to the interview, according to Raquel Rutledge, an award-winning reporter of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is to fully prepare and know the subject well, by googling or using…

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How to build the digital newsroom

By Châu [email protected] To survive and succeed in the Internet era, the newsroom has to transform itself and instantly keep up with the latest technological developments. Matt Wells, The Guardian US blogs and networks editor based in New York, and Emily Ramshaw, editor of The Texas Tribune, talked about ways to remake the newsroom during…

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Tips on investigating the ignored and abused – elderly, mentally disabled, and children

By Pamela Cyran @CyranStar Investigating vulnerable populations such as the elderly, mentally disabled, and even children, is extremely taxing. Many times it’s finding the story in the first place that’s troubling. Proving the story is another task. In many cases these victims can’t speak for themselves. Maybe they have no family or family are hesitant…

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Tracking influence through campaign contributions, other data

By Chelsea [email protected]  What’s the best way to follow the money, especially in an election year? Joe Stephens, The Washington Post, Duff Wilson, Reuters, and Angie Moreschi, a former investigative reporter and now director of communications at James Hoyer Law Firm, shared the databases and documents that helped them in their latest investigations during their panel, Paying…

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