Hold grown-ups accountable when kids fail, and other tips for covering schools

By Moriah Balingit Covering schools can be grueling and it can be easy to get caught up in the mundane. At an IRE Conference panel, Dallas Morning-News reporter Tawnell Hobbs, Tampa Bay Times reporter Michael LaForgia and University of Missouri graduate fellow Francisco Vara-Orta offered their advice on how to dig deep on the schools…

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Teaching coding concepts doesn’t have to be boring

By Daniela Sirtori-Cortina Before starting her session on programming languages, Lindsey Cook asked attendees to put away their laptops and use a piece of paper. For the next hour, she illustrated programming concepts through interactive activities reminiscent of a grade-school environment. “Welcome to the NICAR session that’s run like a fifth grade classroom,” Cook, data…

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Data journalism teachers: Share your best practices at the 2016 CAR Conference

What works in your college-level computer-assisted reporting or data journalism course? Is there one piece from your syllabus that you find to be especially successful with your students? Is there an approach to teaching this that works every time? Is there a data set that is a sure bet? Is there a magical exercise that…

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IRE members take home first and second prize of the Nakkula Award

IRE would like to congratulate IRE member Ryan Gabrielson of California Watch for winning the first place prize of the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting From the press release: “Gabrielson won for “Broken Shield,” an investigative series that exposed shoddy police work at California institutions for the disabled. His stories chronicle the activities of…

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