IRE makes data training videos free for one year

IRE is relaunching its NICAR-Learn library of data tool tutorials, with new videos and free access for one year. NICAR-Learn is a hub of almost 60 short, skill-based videos for journalists to learn tools, tricks and strategies for working with data. Unlike some online training platforms, you won’t find any hour-long webinars on the site.…

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IRE partners with PacerMonitor to offer new member benefit

**February 12, 2020 update: Starting August 1, 2020, PacerMonitor will no longer offer free subscriptions to IRE members. Instead they will offer a 50% discount which, for IRE members, will be $24.50/mo for their Plus plan and $49.50/mo for their Professional plan. Members who currently have free subscriptions will find those subscriptions ending July 31.…

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10 free tools to help you clean, analyze and visualize data

Freelance journalist Samantha Sunne and Helena Bengtsson, data projects editor for The Guardian, spent an hour at the 2016 CAR Conference going over free, open-source tools that can replace expensive data cleaning, analysis and visualization programs. Here are some of my favorite tools the speakers mentioned: 1. Google Sheets Google Sheets is a widely known…

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Stanford students write a review of data tools

NICAR is adding a review of data tools to its online resources, courtesy of Stanford journalism students.  Nineteen journalism and computer science students paired up in a new, 10-week data journalism class with the goal of exploring how programming techniques can assist in investigative reporting. The students analyzed documents and data in various formats, from…

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Tools and techniques for using geolocation in your next investigation

By Katie Le Dain If you go to your iPhone and head to the privacy settings, you’ll find a switch that asks you whether you want your location services “on” or “off.” At Friday morning’s geolocation session at the annual IRE Conference, panelists talked about how cell phones can track when this button is turned…

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How to take the next steps in data journalism

By Glynn A. Hill  Ryann Grochowski Jones, Eric Sagara, and Helena Bengtsson co-hosted a panel called “Life after Excel and Access” at the 2015 CAR Conference to share tips about taking the next steps in data journalism. Grochowski Jones, a data reporter at ProPublica, talked about the first steps. Below are some of her suggestions:…

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One week left to pre-register for IRE Conference

There’s one week left to get the early registration rate for the 2013 IRE Conference. Join us from June 20-23 in San Antonio, and you’ll find panels full of this year’s Pulitzer and IRE award winners, new tools for investigative journalism, tips for investigating on your beat and much more. Early registration ends on June…

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Sunlight Foundation ‘Churnalism’ tool tests journalism against press releases, Wikipedia

The Sunlight Foundation  released a new “journalistic accountability” tool today, wryly named “Churnalism“. It tells you if an author was “churning” out somebody else’s material by checking journalistic text against a database of press releases. To the dismay of plagiarists and lazy reporters alike, it even checks against Wikipedia. The site provides a few examples.…

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Mobile apps for investigative journalists

Journalists can now carry many of the essential reporting tools — camera, voice recorder, notepad, phone, police scanner — with them in one hand-held device. But that same device can carry a police scanner, a document scanner, a photo editor, a video camera and a flight tracker. You can record audio and take time-stamped notes.…

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This Valentine’s Day, background your date using public records

Don’t let love get in the way of investigating. The old saying in journalism goes something like “if your mother says she loves you, check it out,” and if that’s true for your mother then it’s certainly true for your Valentine’s Day date. So let’s begin our walk through of how to make use of…

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