How journalists can apply ethical frameworks to web scraping

Web scraping serves as a helpful last resort reporting tool for data journalists, but it comes with its fair share of ethical and technical concerns. At this year’s NICAR conference, Martin Burch of The Wall Street Journal, Ricardo Brom of La Nación, Amanda Hickman of BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts, and…

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Web scraping: Sessions, tools and a discount

Ever wanted to scrape data from the web but didn’t know how? Here’s your chance to learn. We’re offering two sessions on web scraping at the IRE Conference in San Francisco, June 26-29. In addition to that, Helium Scraper has given us some coupon codes for a limited number of IRE members to receive 50…

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Web scraping: Tools, sessions and a discount

Ever wanted to scrape data from the web but didn’t know how? Here’s your chance to learn. We’re offering two sessions on web scraping at the IRE Conference in San Francisco, June 26-29. In addition to that, Helium Scraper has given us some coupon codes for a limited number of IRE members to receive 50…

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Learn to build a web scraper at IRE’s new workshop

A special workshop in programming for journalism, Oct. 10-13, 2013 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. IRE and the University of Missouri Journalism School are offering a special workshop Oct. 10-13 that will introduce the basics of newsroom programming by teaching how to build one of the simplest but most useful tools in a data journalist’s toolbox: a web scraper…

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New workshop: Building a webscraper

A special workshop in programming for journalism, Oct. 10-13, 2013 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. IRE and the University of Missouri Journalism School are offering a special workshop Oct. 10-13 that will introduce the basics of newsroom programming by teaching how to build one of the simplest but most useful tools in a data journalist’s toolbox: a web scraper…

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Behind the Story: Colorado’s untested rape kits

Keli Rabon and KMGH Denver purchased their own rape kit over the internet to help understand the different elements of the process. Credit: KMGH Denver In November, a KMGH Denver investigation revealed that Colorado police departments had failed to test hundreds of rape kits — 44 percent of the 1,064 kits that Denver Police have…

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IRE & NICAR Office Holiday Schedule

Most of our staff will be in and out of the office during the holidays from Thursday 12/20 through Wednesday 1/2. If you need assistance, please e-mail or leave a voice mail and your call will be answered as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience during this time.

Updated SBA 7a data available in data library

Which businesses in your community have loans backed by the Small Business Administration? Find out using NICAR‘s recently updated SBA 7(a) loan data, which includes loans from 1953 through September, 2012. WHAT’S IN IT?The 7(a) program is the SBA’s most common loan program. It provides loans to small business owners who can’t obtain financing through…

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Philip Meyer Journalism Awards Call For Entry

Enter the 2012 Philip Meyer Journalism contest for your chance to win $500. Are you proud of a computer-assisted reporting story you’ve done this past year? Do you have a keen eye for great watchdog stories and the ability to combine that with social science research methods? If so, enter into the Philip Meyer Journalism…

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The benefits of using data in your reporting

Alex Remington, a research assistant for Journalist’s Resource and a Harvard Kennedy School graduate student, sat down with Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, to ask him about the pros and cons of doing data journalism. Doig thoroughly recounts the limits…

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