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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NY opens millions of records on state data portal

New York State this week announced the addition of millions of records to the state’s data transparency website, open.ny.gov, which launched during Sunshine Week of 2011. New York’s is one of 39 state open data sites, according to data.gov. At least 39 county and city governments have similar portals. The records span multiple state agencies…

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Supreme Court says Virginia can limit FOIA to state residents

The U.S. Supreme Court decided unanimously today that the state of Virginia had the power to restrict public records access to residents of that state. Virginia limits freedom of information requests to its own residents and certain media outlets. The case reached the court after Rhode Island resident Mark J. McBurney and California resident Roger…

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Join a live discussion about Econocheck

NICAR adviser David Herzog will be on hand Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific) for a live Q&A about EconoCheck on the Journalism Accelerator. EconoCheck, an IRE-Sunlight Foundation resource launched during the 2012 campaign, helps reporters quickly find and understand data about key indicators. Drop by to discuss how journalists can continue to…

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Behind the Story: An information gap in child abuse cases

There were signs of problems before 15-year-old Jeanette Maples died of starvation and abuse in Oregon in December 2009.  Although child services had been involved in the case, residents were shocked to find that Maples death had not been prevented.  Oregonian reporter Michelle Cole wanted to know what, if anything, could have been done to…

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OSHA Workplace Safety data updated at NICAR Data Library

The Workplace Safety database from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has just been updated in the NICAR Database Library. WHAT’S IN IT? This ten-table database holds information on workplace inspections performed by both federal and state OSHA offices in all states and U.S. territories, from 1972 to Oct 2011 – just under 4…

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Call for IRE Board of Directors candidates

Seven seats up for election on IRE board The filing period has begun for those planning to run for the IRE board of directors. Seven seats on the 13-member board are up for election. The election will be held June 16 at the IRE annual conference in Boston. The IRE board serves as the governing…

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Behind the Story: When does an ongoing story warrant an investigation?

Photo credit:Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times (Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of our “Behind the Story” look at coverage of the Hanford nuclear reservation’s environmental issues.) Determining when an ongoing issue becomes an issue worth investigating isn’t always easy. Craig Welch, an environmental reporter for The Seattle Times who juggles topics from oceans to forests,…

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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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Behind the Story: Doctors caught cheating on the way to the top

  Memorizing test questions and passing them on to future test takers is considered cheating by most people. However, for many radiologists, attempting to become board certified, it is simply a technique used to study. CNN’s “Exclusive: Doctors cheated on exams” takes a close look: “From my understanding, I would say nationwide from my friends…

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