Records set at IRE national conference

Nearly 2,000 journalists attended the 2019 IRE national conference in Houston last week — a record number. The previous record had been 1,860 attendees at the 2016 IRE Conference in New Orleans. In addition, IRE membership reached a record high in May: 6,178 members. Those milestones are featured in the “State of IRE: 2019” report,…

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Six elected to IRE Board of Directors

IRE members returned two incumbents and elected four new members to the organization’s board Saturday. Incumbents Steven Rich (The Washington Post) and Cheryl W. Thompson (NPR) will be joined on the board by Bethany Barnes (Tampa Bay Times), Jodie Fleischer (WRC-TV NBC4, Washington, D.C), Cindy Galli (ABC News) and Brian M. Rosenthal (The New York…

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Michigan State University wins 2019 Golden Padlock Award

Investigative Reporters and Editors has named Michigan State University as the winner of its annual Golden Padlock Award recognizing the most secretive U.S. agency or individual. MSU was selected for this national honor for keeping sweeping sexual assault scandals under tight wraps, including serial abuse by disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar and hundreds of student…

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CNN donates $5,000 to IRE Journalist of Color Fellowship

CNN is contributing $5,000 to support IRE’s new Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship. This yearlong fellowship is designed to increase the range of backgrounds, experiences and interests within the field of investigative journalism, where diverse perspectives are critically important. The fellowship is open to U.S journalists of color with at least three years of…

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Welcome to the 2019 IRE Conference!

The 2019 IRE Conference begins Thursday. Below you’ll find some information to help you prepare for the conference! For up-to-date information about panels, speakers and special events at the conference, please visit our conference website. Thank you to our co-hosts and sponsors for supporting IRE19! Hotel Information The conference is taking place at the Marriott…

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Download the 2019 IRE Conference mobile app!

The 2019 IRE Conference app is now available through Guidebook! We encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience in Houston. You’ll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule, browse maps and connect with other attendees. The app is free and compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. To get…

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The Houston Chronicle’s IRE19 cheat sheet

WHERE TO EAT Best bets for a nice meal closest to the conference… XOCHI: James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega’s Oaxacan restaurant is a jewel in the city’s crown. Elemental mole sauces form the backbone of the menu; to taste them all, scooping with the house-ground corn tortillas, is to grasp Xochi’s singular greatness —…

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Turkish journalist Pelin Ünker awarded IRE’s Don Bolles Medal for courage

A Turkish investigative journalist, sentenced to prison for her truthful reporting on offshore investments by the country’s former prime minister, is the 2019 recipient of the Don Bolles Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. Pelin Ünker was sentenced in January to 13 months for “defamation and insult” of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and his two…

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Finalists announced for 2019 Golden Padlock Award

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI: Investigative Reporters and Editors is proud to announce the finalists for its 2019 Golden Padlock Award celebrating the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States. “From protecting powerful companies and politicians from public scrutiny to hiding the use of millions in taxpayer dollars to shrouding serious crimes in secrecy, the…

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Inside the IRE19 schedule: Leadership sessions with Jill Geisler

Jill Geisler, a prominent national expert on newsroom leadership, will be a featured speaker during two sessions at the 2019 IRE Conference in Houston. Geisler, an internationally known management consultant, author and former TV journalist, holds the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago. She also is the Freedom Forum…

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