Spreading computer-assisted reporting techniques in Latin America

By Mc Nelly Torres Víctor Hugo Michel is excited and overwhelmed. He hasn’t stopped thinking about all the stories he will be able to report and write using the data analysis and investigative tools he learned this past weekend at the IberoAmericana University in México City. “I never thought I could organize data, rank it and compare it…

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Behind the Story: How the marketing of Oxycontin trumped science

For more than a year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been investigating prescription drugs and the dangerous side effects of using opioids ot treat chronic pain. The latest installment of the series tracks the lives of chronic pain sufferers who praised the drug in a 1998 promotional video. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters John Fauber and…

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The New Cold War Between the Media and National Security Establishment

Josh Meyer, IRE Board member and director of education and outreach for the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative,  wrote today about tension between the media and the national security establishment for the initiative’s website: Is this really the worst time ever to be a journalist covering national security issues, especially in Washington? Maybe the best…

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Talking your way to the truth, mastering the interview

By Chelsea [email protected] The interview is at the heart of all reporting, but mastering it can take a lifetime. In IRE 2012’s panel Talking your way to the truth: The art of the interview, three veteran reporters shared their tips on what it takes to get sources to talk and how to get key information…

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Don’t miss the early bird rate for the IRE Conference

The 2012 IRE Conference is just right around the corner and we’ve got some great things lined up this year. Don’t miss out on the pre-registration fee which ends today, May 30 at 5:00 pm, Central Time. Aside from all the great speakers and panels, there will also be opportunities to: pitch your book to…

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Behind the Story: Multiple government websites help journalists get around FOIA requests

Not having access to the list of firms disqualified from the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program didn’t stop Dayton Daily News reporters from determining which companies were debarred from government contracts or from identifying some of the companies under investigation or disqualified from the program. The article, “’Rent-a-vet’ scam proves costly to taxpayers, businesses,” gives…

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Best Practices for Nonprofit Newsrooms

Join us for a daylong, hands-on sharing and learning workshop at the IRE Conference on June 14. Sponsored by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Investigative News Network and IRE, this daylong program will focus on three key areas that are vital to nonprofit investigative centers: collaboration, legal issues and best practices in operations, digital…

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Several IRE Members win Pulitzers for investigative work

Congratulations to several IRE members who won Pulitzer Prizes today. Members Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times were awarded the Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting for their project, “Methadone and the Politics of Pain.”-an investigation that exposed Washington State’s push of the cheaper painkiller methadone.  Berens and Armstrong were also awarded the…

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Remembering Mike Wallace

60 Minutes’ Morley Safer offers this essay in honor of the memory of Mike Wallace, who died at age 93 this weekend. IRE members can click here to see the entries in our story library that Wallace contributed during his long career exposing wrongdoing at CBS. Charles Lewis, who worked with Wallace at 60 Minutes,…

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In Mexico City, IRE brings together top transnational journalists

by Lise Olsen Twenty leading journalists gathered in Mexico City on Feb. 18 to exchange information and discuss ways that Investigative Reporters & Editors can continue helping reporters who, under pressure and often at great personal risk, continue to do investigative reporting on transnational (U.S. – Mexico) topics such as cartel violence, wasteful government spending, political…

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