Access IRE20 conference recordings and materials until 2021

Journalists, journalism educators and students can still register and participate in IRE’s virtual 2020 national conference, which features keynote speaker Ronan Farrow and 150 recorded sessions. Professional and academic members can register until Sept. 13, 2021 for $250, and students can register for $50 to receive access to all of the recorded sessions from the…

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Call for entries: 2020 Philip Meyer Award

It’s once again time to enter the Philip Meyer Journalism Award contest. Entries are now being accepted online, through Nov. 15. Established in 2005, the award was created to honor Philip Meyer’s pioneering efforts to utilize social science research methods to foster better journalism. The contest recognizes stories that incorporate survey research, probabilities, and other social…

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Sources and Sexual Harassment: Advice for Reporters and Editors

By Bethany Barnes Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the IRE Journal Quarter 3 issue. Members can download and read the full issue here. Non-members can purchase for $20. A few months into my first journalism job, I met a source at a bar. I’d met sources at bars before, including this particular source,…

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The Newsroom Guide: A living document shapes inclusive language, coverage

By Lynn Jacobson, The Seattle Times Between December 2015 and June 2017, The Seattle Times had several opportunities to practice the art of the apology. In that period, the newspaper made a number of high-profile missteps. Among them: a headline that portrayed the black victim of a police shooting in a negative light, and a…

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IRE launches online Data Journalism Mini-Bootcamp in spreadsheets and data viz

Update (May 20): The first camp set for June 15-16 is sold out. Another mini-bootcamp will be offered online June 29-30. See below for registration details. Registration is open for IRE’s first-ever online mini-bootcamp in data journalism. In the bootcamp, which will be June 15-16, attendees will learn fundamentals of cleaning, analyzing and visualizing data…

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IRE membership: a ‘life vest’ in rough waters

Ron Campbell credits IRE for rescuing him after being laid off in 2014 from The Orange County Register. “I had a new full-time job within five months and I had part-time work within, literally, one week of my layoff,” he said. “Because I had developed skills sufficient that I could almost immediately find employment after…

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Hearst Foundations donate $50,000 to IRE Journalist of Color Fellowship

The Hearst Foundations are contributing $50,000 to support IRE’s Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship.  The yearlong fellowship, which launched in 2019, is intended to prepare and support journalists of color for a solid career in investigative reporting. The program also provides an opportunity for the fellow’s news outlets to benefit from the fellow’s investigative…

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Solidarity follows deadly Capital Gazette shooting

Journalists and the public alike have rallied to support the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, after a gunman killed five employees on June 28. In a poignant editorial, the newspaper thanked the legions of people who have expressed sympathy and outrage over the deaths of Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara and Rebecca…

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2017 Philip Meyer Award winners announced

IRE is proud to announce the 2017 Philip Meyer Award winners. A pioneering investigation that uncovered gaps in the pharmacy safety net is the first-place winner of the 2017 Philip Meyer Journalism Awards. Other top awards go to an investigation that revealed racial disparities in bankruptcy protections and discrimination against foreigners in Germany’s housing market.…

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Kansas AG: Private emails on public topics protected

Kansas’ attorney general said Tuesday that emails sent by state employees through private accounts aren’t public record, even when they deal with public business. Attorney General Derek Schmidt was responding to a question from state Sen. Anthony Hensley about whether such an email would constitute public record. Schmidt, who interpreted “private email” to be an…

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