IRE & NICAR to freely publish unprocessed data

Charles Minshew, IRE Director of Data Services  Inspired by our members, IRE is pleased to announce the first release of raw, unprocessed data from the NICAR Database Library. The contents of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) master file for 2015 are now available for free download on our website. The package contains the original…

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EPA: Open data portal to remain online

Reporters rushed to download data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s open data portal after a contractor reported the portal would shut down this Friday. But the EPA called reports untrue Monday morning and stated that the site will not close and that data will remain available. Users visiting the EPA’s open data portal were greeted…

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Battling burnout in a tweet-breaking world

By Uliana Pavlova “If you think you are indispensable, just die and see what happens.” – Ron Nixon It seems almost impossible to find a work/life balance when you’re a journalist in a constantly shrinking industry. In the world of breaking news and Twitter, it’s hard to unplug. Nixon, a Washington correspondent with The New…

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Best practices for measuring impact

By Natalie Lung Two factors measure the impact of journalism: the output (how much work has been done), and its significance. But Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute (API), thinks newsrooms don’t actually measure much of either. At a 2017 CAR Conference panel, Rosenstiel spoke alongside Lindsay Green-Barber, former director of strategic…

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Friendly robots: How journalists can use bots in the newsroom

By Dariya Tsyrenzhapova The definition of bots is murky, but expectations for the use of artificial intelligence tools in news organizations is on the rise. Bots, like automated personal assistants, can collect information, execute actions, generate content and even emulate humans, said Tiff Fehr, an interactives editor at The New York Times. Fehr moderated a 2017…

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Using data to investigate the planet

By Haotian Mai A panel of environmental reporters gathered at the 2017 CAR Conference to discuss stories based on public and private data sources. Dinah Pulver of the Dayton Beach News-Journal helps build and maintain the paper’s database of shark bites. In addition to their own database, Pulver also finds water.usgs.gov useful for a variety sources of…

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Left brain, right brain: How drawing can help journalists find focus

By Abigail West The left brain is commonly understood as the logical side, and the right brain as the creative, intuitive side. This is not accurate. The correct way to look at the brain is that the left side is the verbal side. It is conceptual and anticipatory. The left brain will apply already known…

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How to bulletproof your data story

By Shane Sanderson When the Palm Beach Post obtained a spreadsheet made by a clerical worker at the local medical examiner’s office, reporters had to verify it. The office worker had noticed an escalation in the number of overdose deaths and she began a project recording the details. The resulting spreadsheet had something like 100…

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IRE and NICAR to host rescued federal data directory

At our annual CAR conference in Jacksonville, IRE and NICAR announced initial steps to help save federal data that could disappear. Our hope is to help organize the efforts currently underway by journalists and concerned citizens. IRE and NICAR will host a central directory on our website to show submitted details on rescued data and…

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