IRE Radio Podcast | Prison to the Pulpit

Investigations often don’t go according to plan. Dead-end data and stubborn sources are just some of the factors that can throw off a months-long reporting project. Other times, breaking news can put your work on the fast track to publication. That’s exactly what happened to the Tampa Bay Times when reporter Corey Johnson and colleague…

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Merchants of mudslinging: Tips for investigating campaign advertising

By Mariam Baksh Michael Beckel reports on money and politics for the Center for Public Integrity, Julie Bykowicz covers money and politics for the Associated Press and Robert Faturechi covers campaign finance for ProPublica. Among them, there’s almost three decades of experience reporting on political campaigns.  Here are their tips for navigating the worlds of…

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IRE Radio Podcast | Navigating Nonprofits

Americans donate about $300 billion a year to charities, with about 30 percent of that taking place in December. But not all charities are good stewards of donated dollars. For our last podcast of 2014 we’re talking about how to investigate nonprofits and charities. Here’s the lineup: Justin Elliott of ProPublica talks about investigating the…

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IRE Preview: Sign up for INN Day

For the past four years, INN and IRE have worked together to create a conference program specifically tailored to the needs and issues facing nonprofit investigative newsrooms. This year, on Thursday, June 26th in San Francisco, we will offer a day filled with opportunities, workshops and idea sharing designed to provide the maximum value to nonprofit news organizations…

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Watch now: Google Hangout with Charles Lewis

Tune in to IRE’s Google Hangout with Charles Lewis, an accomplished investigative reporter, producer and bestselling author who founded the non-profit investigative journalism group the Center for Public Integrity. Charles Lewis answered questions about campaign finance investigations, the future of nonprofit journalism and authoring investigative books. If you have questions about Google Hangouts, please visit Google’s information…

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Behind the Story: Maine pharmacists get licenses despite history of drug abuse

Would you feel safe if your pharmacist had lost his license because of drug abuse or theft, yet had regained it and was dispensing your prescriptions? What about if he had lost his license twice? Naomi Schalit and John Christie of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting found that since 2003, thirteen pharmacists with…

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Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism to remain at University of Wisconsin-Madison location

Andy Hall, of the Wisconsin CEnter for Investigative Journalism, addresses IRE members at the 2013 Awards Luncheon on June 22 in San Antonio. Photo by Travis Hartman The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal report that Gov. Scott Walker has decided to veto a budget measure that would have forced the nonprofit Wisconsin…

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In the name of charity: Investigating nonprofits

By Gwen Girsdansky Investigating a nonprofit often boils down to checking whether it is keeping its promises. What was the original mission statement when the nonprofit submitted its required tax form (known as the 990) to the Internal Revenue Service? Kendall Taggart from The Center for Investigative Reporting and Kris Hundley from the Tampa Bay…

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CIR, Tampa Bay Times join IRE in live discussion about America’s Worst Charities

A joint investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Tampa Bay Times and CNN identified America’s 50 worst charities — organizations that plead for financial support and lie to donors about where their money goes, taking multiple salaries and secretly paying themselves or their friends through consulting fees and fundraising contracts. Reporters Kris Hundley…

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IRE Board of Directors calls for Wisconsin lawmakers to halt action against Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Since its launch four years ago, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has distinguished itself as a vital public-interest voice, producing original, hard-hitting reporting that has been published in more than 230 news outlets reaching more than 25 million people.  It is an extraordinary accomplishment for a small, non-profit newsroom created to revitalize in-depth reporting…

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