Share your thoughts for IRE’s conference logo

Send us your creative, inspired ideas yearning to be on our website or a T-Shirt. The 2012 IRE Conference is coming to Boston, and we’re looking for your help. After the success of the Computer Assisted Reporting Conference  T-shirt contest, we want to hear more design ideas from our members. IRE staff and students are working…

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NICAR 2012 Wrap-Up

Hundreds of attendees and dozens of speakers descended on St. Louis for the 2012 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference, for a weekend packed with data analysis, web development, other sessions, and a panda costume. We had a full team of students attending and blogging about panels throughout the conference. In all, the bloggers covered dozens of sessions,…

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From where? Validating data in the real world

By Anna [email protected] To understand your data, let’s go back to grade-school science class. Remember when you learned about the forest, and all the animals that call it home? The forest is a dynamic ecosystem. Your data is like a chimpanzee; it plays a role in the forest ecosystem.  Over time, the changes in the…

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Mining social networks

By Jessica Pupovac @jessicapupovac One of the best things about social media for journalists, Doug Haddix said, is that most people don’t understand what’s private and what isn’t. “Too bad for them. But good for us.” Haddix said during his presentation on social media sleuthing. Haddix, who is the Director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State…

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IRE trains journalists in Bangladesh

Surviving rickshaw “bumper cars” and helping local journalists gain data analysis tools were all in a week’s work for IRE Executive Director Mark Horvit and Training Director Jaimi Dowdell, who recently returned from Dhaka, Bangladesh. “What was nice about the training was how quickly a lot of the journalists seemed to see the value of…

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2011 Philip Meyer Award winners

Three major investigative reports that used social science research methods to: expose serial killings, shine a light on school cheating, and reveal truths about the home foreclosure crisis were named winners of the 2011 Philip Meyer Award. First place is awarded to “Murder Mysteries” by Thomas Hargrove of Scripps Howard News Service. The series resulted…

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From the IRE Office: Awards, website change with the times

This is a season of evolution at IRE We have rebuilt our IRE Awards categories to better reflect the ways in which news is gathered and presented. And we have launched a new website that is easier to navigate, makes it easier for you to take advantage of our resources and gives you more control over…

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Doctor data back online, but shackled by new restrictions

Open government advocates were outraged when the Department of Health and Human Services decided to cut off access to The National Practitioner Data Bank, a data set that has long been used to investigate lax oversight of physicians. After criticism by multiple organizations, the department relented and put the data bank back online. However, with…

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Piercing the secrecy of private companies

Investigating private companies can stymie even the most dogged reporter. They aren’t subject to Sunshine requests and they don’t file paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But chances are, you can still find out a lot about most of them. Ames Alexander, a reporter for The Charlotte Observer, detailed some of these strategies at…

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Stats camp bolsters baseball story

Editor’s note: Rich Exner of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer attended IRE’s Advanced Statistics Boot Camp at Arizona State University Feb. 6-8. Here’s his take on the practical application of the training: I learned after attending IRE’s Mapping Boot Camp a couple of years ago that the best way to retain the new techniques crammed into…

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