Playing money ball: how to investigate sports institutions

By Daniel Levitt Sports data often gets overlooked as a source of investigative stories. But Steve Doig of Arizona State University and Paula Lavigne of ESPN showed journalists that we can – and should – hold sports organizations accountable. Both Doig and Lavigne entered the sports journalism world from other beats. Doig covered science, education…

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IRE Radio Podcast | The NFL’s Concussion Cover-Up

Meet Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada. You might have guessed from their names that they’re brothers. They’re also both investigative journalists working for ESPN. On this episode, we’re sharing pieces of our conversations with the brothers during their recent trip to the University of Missouri. We talk about everything from their reporting on the NFL’s…

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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 Radio Podcast | Policing the Players

You don’t have to be a full-time sports reporter to investigate athletes. This week we’re looking at sports investigations on several levels: college, military and professional. Join us for tips on getting around secretive athletics departments and digging deeper when players get in trouble. Here’s the lineup: Tom Roeder of the Colorado Springs Gazette discusses “Broken…

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Behind the Story: How Kent State tracked student athletes missing class

By Karl Idsvoog, Kent State University How do you get into college if you can only read at a grade-school level? Last January, CNN’s Sara Ganim answered that question in a powerful piece of reporting. In a few short sentences Sara personalized the reality of college athletics at the University of North Carolina as she told…

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Watchdog on campus: Tips for investigating college sports

By Trisity Miller Where there’s a college, there’s a story. That was the theme of “Campus coverage: College sports,” a panel featuring Paula Lavigne, Jodi Upton, Jill Riepenhoff, and Brad Wolverton. In recent years there have been several major stories involving college campuses, from the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State to the recent Jameis…

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Google Hangout: Investigating on the sports beat

On Wednesday at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, IRE hosted a Google Hangout on sports investigations. Drawing on the issues presented in the latest IRE Journal, the discussion will focus on the need for investigative reporting in local sports, techniques for finding stories and balancing investigative work with beat reporting. Particpants included: Moderator: Kevin Blackistone, University…

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Google Hangout tomorrow: Investigating on the sports beat

Join IRE on a Google+ Hangout for a discussion on investigating local sports, Wednesday at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Kevin Blackistone, University of Maryland professor and frequent ESPN panelist, will moderate a discussion including: Eric Prisbell, National College Basketball Writer at USA Today Amy Shipley, Reporter at the South Florida Sun Sentinel Scott Reid, Reporter…

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New webinar: Watchdogging Lions, Tigers, Bears, et al: Inside college sports

Jill Riepenhoff of The Columbus Dispatch shares tips on investigating college sports, from how to examine the rule book and find story ideas to using the NCAA’s infraction database and digging into athletes’ mysterious departures from their teams. Watch it here. Riepenhoff has worked at The Columbus Dispatch since 1985 and as a projects reporter…

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