Outside the U.S., reporting amid danger

By Perla Arellano In areas such as Mexico and parts of the Middle East, many journalists have died in their role as watchdogs. At the recent IRE Conference in San Antonio, the session “Reporting amid danger: When journalist are targeted and newsrooms are infiltrated” included Tim Johnson from McClatchy Newspapers, Gaston Monge Estrada from El…

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The 2013 IRE keynote speech: ‘Don’t abandon us’

Marcela Turati delivers IRE’s keynote address as board members David Cay Johnston and Andrew Donahue look on. Photo by Travis Hartman. As Mexican journalists become war reporters in their own country, Mexican journalist Marcela Turati of Proceso makes a plea to the investigative reporting community. Regions of Mexico are zones of silence. Citizens die every…

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Day three of the IRE Conference, in pictures

Day three of the IRE Conference was jam-packed with the IRE Awards Luncheon, a full slate of sessions, the IRE membership meeting and Board of Director elections. Six members were elected to the board.  During the IRE Awards luncheon, IRE member Andy Hall detailed the situation in Wisconsin, in which the state government attempted to kick…

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Investigating trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border

By Kolten Parker and Perla Arellano Keeping a low profile and scavenging online court records are vital when covering drug trafficking across the United States-Mexico border. San Antonio Express-News reporter Jason Buch, Knight International Journalism Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra and Belo Corp. border bureau chief Angela Kocherga discussed tools and strategies they utilize to investigate illegal…

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Sons of well-known reporters are latest deaths in violence against Mexican journalists

Two men were killed by gunmen in Chihuahua, Mexico, Saturday morning who are both sons of different well-known Mexican journalists, Reuters reported. A spokesman told Reuters that the deaths of the two men were unrelated to their parents’ professions. The incident prefaced another later that weekend in which authorities found seven people dead in a…

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