IRE Voting Deadline Approaching

Tomorrow, May 22nd is the last day to request an absentee ballot to vote in our 2012 BOD elections. If you are unable to attend our 2012 conference in Boston, and your membership is current to 7/1/12, then you can vote for your favorite candidate via absentee ballot. Candidates and their statements can be viewed…

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One-on-one mentoring deadline ends May 21

Don’t miss your chance to meet with an experienced pro in Boston at the 2012 IRE Conference. This is an opportunity for in-depth, one-on-one coaching on investigative reporting. These private sessions allow attendees to seek advice on challenging stories or followup ideas. You must have registered for the conference and have signed up for a…

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Improving news coverage with data

By Mayra Cruz @MayraC27 News stories can be deepened through data, said speakers in the “Using data journalism to investigate the news” panel.  “News happens fast,” Arizona Daily Star Rob O’Dell reporter said. From tracking crime to finance, incorporating data in journalism goes beyond daily reporting and anecdotal information.  Adding visualizations, numbers and maps allow the public to…

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Information to help as you head to St. Louis

The 2012 CAR Conference begins in just a few days.  Below are a few bits of information to help you prepare for this great conference!   For the latest up-to-date information about panels, speakers, and special events at the conference, please visit our conference pages.  Hotel InformationThe conference is taking place at the St. Louis…

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Making the most out of the 2012 CAR Conference

More than 100 panels, demos and hands-on training sessions will be offered at the 2012 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference. From the basics of data analysis using Excel and Access to editing a news app and mining unstructured text for stories, this year’s conference has panels for all skill levels of data journalists, as well as general panels for…

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Behind the Story: Tracking problem police officers in Florida

It was an unbelievable record for anyone, let alone a public employee. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that one Opa-Locka, Fla., officer had been: “Fired five times and arrested three, he was charged with stealing a car, trying to board an airplane with a loaded gun and driving with a suspended license.…(He) split a man’s lip…

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Haiti’s Aftershocks

Collaborative watchdog group follows the funds for rebuilding When a massive earthquake killed some 200,000 people and devastated Haiti, billions of aid dollars poured in from aroundthe globe. Groups such as “God’s Pit Crew” and “Drops of Hope”descended on the island, ostensibly to help people rebuild their lives. Although many of us in Haiti had…

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