AUDIO: The FERPA exception every reporter should know

Sexual assault cases are never easy to cover, and when a university is involved, the challenges become even greater. Victims are sometimes reluctant to talk. Administrators often refuse to do interviews, citing FERPA. But that doesn’t mean these cases are impossible to cover. At the IRE Conference in San Francisco this summer Walt Bogdanich of…

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IRE Preview: Hone your campus coverage skills with our lineup of pros

Screen shot from Walt Bogdanich’s New York Times story on a flawed rape case at Florida State University IRE is expanding its vast panel lineup for our national conference in San Francisco to include sessions specially-designed for student journalists and others who cover college campuses and higher education issues. The track will cover topics such…

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Virginia Supreme Court: FOIA does not cover faculty emails, unpublished research

Faculty emails and unpublished university research can be deemed “proprietary” and withheld under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court announced last week. The law was called into question in 2011 when the American Tradition Institute and Virginia Del. Robert Marshall filed a request for emails of Michael Mann, a prominent climate…

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Do universities play a role in student suicides?

By Nikhila Henry, The Times of India Photo from the The Struggle Committee for Justice for Mudasir Kamran Facebook page Can the dead talk? In rare cases they do. Mudassir Kamran, a 25-year-old Kashmiri student hanged himself in a single bed hostel room at English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, India on March 2, 2013.…

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What journalists can learn from this year’s Sunshine Week

Journalists don’t need more reason to celebrate public records, but Sunshine Week provides a time for swapping tips and tricks, successes and horror stories. The EditorialMatters blog in Iowa spent the week posting tips like advice on requesting records, finding stories in those records, and avoiding all-too-common mistakes. Watchdog Wire shared their own tips on…

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Behind the Story: A source comes forward in the backlog of veterans’ disability

In April,  Jamie Fox contacted reporter Aaron Glantz after losing her job at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Oakland office in 2008. Credit: Michael Short/Center for Investigative Reporting. Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting was reporting on delays in veterans’ disability claims in Oakland, Calif. when a reader reached out to him.  Jamie…

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2010 IRE Award winners announced

Investigations that found financial mismanagement and fraud in business and industry, cover-ups of lethal products, and failure of government to protect the public are among the works honored in the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. This year, there were two recipients of the top prize: the IRE Medal. The Los Angeles Times uncovered a…

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