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Tips on navigating IRE’s new website

Welcome to our new website, which has been redesigned to better serve our members and the journalism industry. Please refer to our FAQs and screen shots below for full details. Here are tips for key features:

LOGGING IN: At the top right of the home page, click Log In. Use the same email and password that you’ve been using to log into the IRE website. If you don’t remember your password, please click the Forgot Password link and follow instructions. If you still have questions or need assistance, please email info@ire.org.

EXPIRED MEMBERSHIP: If you can’t log in, one reason may be that your membership has expired. In that case, please go through the process to rejoin IRE on the Join page.

MEMBER DASHBOARD: To the left of the Log In / Log Out button is the Member Dashboard. After you click it, you will look below and see three buttons:

  1. IRE Membership: Please take a few moments to edit your profile so that we have the most up-to-date details. To help us better serve our members, please be sure that you’ve completed the areas for gender, race and ethnicity. You’ll also find Manage Membership, which has information about when your membership expires and a link for renewal.
  2. Order History: Moving forward, this will contain items that you order from IRE, including conference registrations, bootcamps, data, T-shirts, books and other items.
  3. Member announcements: This is where IRE can send a message to all members. For example, if IRE members qualify for special discounts, coupon codes will be shared here. 

NAVIGATION: The website is designed to be intuitive, so we encourage you to explore the drop-down menus at the top. Simply hover your mouse over About, Training, Resources, News, Hire Us and Awards to see all of your options. Please note our new Diversity & Inclusion page. Also take a look at the quick links at the bottom of the home page. Throughout the site, you’ll see plus signs with some labels; simply click those buttons for more details. You can toggle those accordion boxes on and off by clicking them.

RESOURCES: For the first time, IRE members will be able to search across various types of materials: tipsheets, data sets, audio files, contest entries and more. The new Resource Search can look through all resources, or you can limit it for a targeted search (e.g. only tipsheets or only data sets). Once you find what you need, add those items one by one to your shopping cart (even if they’re free). Then click the Shopping Cart button at the top right of the page and follow instructions. For example, you will be able to gather free tipsheets, register for a conference, buy a T-shirt and purchase a book in one transaction.

DATA SETS: If you’re looking for data provided by IRE, navigate to the Resource Search. IRE maintains these databases: SBA Disaster Loans, SBA 7a Business Loans, National Inventory of Dams, National Bridge Inventory, FOT Fatality Analysis Reporting System, College Scorecard-Simplified and Boating Accidents. Use the Resource Search to find them by clicking on Data and adding a key word (uncheck the View All button). We also provide archived data that is no longer updated but useful for reporting. Click here to see a full list and a link to request archived data.

FAQs

Where can I check my membership status and expiration date?

First, make sure you’re logged into the IRE website. Use the same email and password that you’ve been using to log into the IRE website. If you don’t remember your password, please click the Forgot Password link and follow instructions. If you can’t log in, one reason may be that your membership has expired. In that case, please go through the process to rejoin IRE on the Join page. If you still have questions or need assistance, please email info@ire.org.

Once you’ve successfully logged in, click on Member Dashboard at the top right:

Make sure the IRE Membership tab is selected (1). In the shaded box, click on Manage Membership (2). Your membership expiration date will be listed in the Subscription column (3).

How do I renew my membership?

First, make sure you’re logged into the IRE website.

Then click on Member Dashboard at the top right:

Make sure the IRE Membership tab is selected (1). In the shaded box, click on Manage Membership (2), then Renew (3).

If your membership has recently expired, the word Subscribe will appear instead of Renew. Click Subscribe to restart your membership.

When the form opens, select your membership type and complete the other information. Be sure to click Complete Registration at the bottom of the form (below the payment information).

Where is my membership and events history? It doesn’t look correct in my Membership Dashboard.

First, make sure you’re logged into the IRE website.

Then click on Member Dashboard at the top right:

Go to the Order History tab (1). Details about each of your prior payments for IRE events and products will appear in the Actions column, where you can click each one for full details (2).

To see past transactions for IRE membership dues, click on ‘Your Transactions’ in the sidebar. Please note that not all transactions from previous years have been transferred to the new website.

I applied to join IRE. How long until I get access to the website?

If your news organization, employer or other affiliation was in our dropdown list, your membership will take effect immediately. That means you’ll be all set to explore the members-only sections of our website. 

However, if your affiliation is not already on our list, IRE staff likely will need to request additional information from you to determine whether you qualify for IRE membership, as set by our Articles of Incorporation. That may take a few business days to process.

How do I reset my password?

If you know your existing password, start by logging into the IRE website.

Then click on Member Dashboard at the top right:

Make sure the IRE Membership label is selected (1). In the shaded box, click on Change Password (2) and complete the information on the form. Click Update Password.

If you do not remember or know your existing password, click the “Log In” button in the upper right corner of the IRE homepage. Click the “Forgot Password” link on the login screen to generate a password reset email. If you still need help, email IRE at info@ire.org.

I’m trying to access a resource, and I don’t see a way to download or add the product to my cart?

You must be logged in as an IRE member to access IRE tipsheets, data, audio files and other resources. For all of those items, the “Add to Cart” button will appear only when you’re logged in as an IRE member. 

I’m trying to register for an event and the ticket area is blank?

Most IRE events are open only to current members. 

If you’re already a member, please log in with your membership email and password. Ticket information will then be visible. 

If you’re not a member and you don’t see any available tickets, that means it’s a member-only event. Before purchasing a ticket, you first will need to join IRE. Be sure to check out the five membership types permitted by our Articles of Incorporation. If you qualify, simply click the Join Now button to apply for membership.

The IRE office will be closed from Thursday, December 24, until Monday, January 4. If you need assistance during the break, please send an email to info@ire.org. Responses may be delayed during the office closure.

A fully redesigned IRE website will debut in December with improved navigation, easier event registration and a more robust search of Resource Center materials.

The transition to a new website will require a few temporary outages:

Members and the public alike will see a variety of improvements on the new site, including:

IRE last redesigned its website in 2011. The new website has been developed in partnership with Hoot Design Co., a women-led creative branding agency in Columbia, Missouri, near IRE headquarters at the Missouri School of Journalism.

NICAR21 is moving online in March, and IRE needs your help to build a strong and successful virtual data journalism conference.

We are gathering ideas from our community via this form through Dec. 6. We want to know what session topics you’d like to see, what format is most helpful to you and how we can help you network and build connections with other members online. With an online conference, we have lots of flexibility to try different things, explore emerging technologies and connect with each other on new levels.

IRE’s annual data journalism conference was originally scheduled for March 4-7, 2021, in Baltimore, Maryland. We are moving the event online because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Sign up for NICAR21 email updates here.

“NICAR is such a unique conference with its hands-on training, innovative sessions and collaborative spirit,” IRE Deputy Executive Director Denise Malan said. “While we wish we could see everyone in person, we are excited to create something new and different for NICAR this year, and make the event more accessible to journalists, educators and students around the globe.”

Here’s what we’re planning so far and what kind of input we’re seeking:

As always, we rely on this amazing, diverse community to help us highlight the very best in data journalism, and we cannot wait to see what you come up with! Feel free to reach out at any time to conference@ire.org

October 29, 2020

Current and former IRE members who have been furloughed or laid off since March 2019 qualify for a complimentary one-year IRE membership renewal through IRE’s Support a Journalist Program.

The program is intended to help fund memberships for members of the professional and academic IRE community who have struggled to find work during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to apply for membership assistance, please fill out this form

Annual memberships are $70 and provide access to thousands of tipsheets, exclusive databases, The IRE Journal magazine, premium reporting tools and much more. Journalists can also access the IRE Job Center, which is updated daily with open positions in the investigative journalism community.

IRE has taken additional steps during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure journalists have access to the resources they need to report on a topic that affects everyone. IRE also hosted a series of free webinars related to the pandemic and relaunched its NICAR-Learn library of data tool tutorials, with new videos and free access until 2021.

If you would like to help support IRE’s mission, please donate here

October 28, 2020

Six veterans in the field of investigative journalism have been appointed as members of IRE’s executive director search committee.

IRE board president Cheryl W. Thompson has appointed Mark Rochester and Ziva Branstetter co-chairs of the committee. Thompson will serve on the committee along with Cindy Galli, Manny Garcia and Mark Horvit.

The job search was launched after current Executive Director Doug Haddix submitted his resignation, effective in January. Haddix has served as IRE’s director since 2016, overseeing the organization’s first virtual conference in September with nearly 3,000 attendees. Haddix also developed initiatives to further IRE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, including training and mentorship programs for journalists of color.

“This is an opportunity to find someone who wants to build on Doug’s successes, particularly regarding diversity and inclusion,” Thompson said. “We’re excited to cast a wide net.”

David Kurpius, dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri where IRE is based, said he looks forward to working with the new executive director.

“The Missouri School of Journalism and IRE have a longstanding collaboration training generations of investigative journalists,” Kurpius said. “The executive director is an important position in this relationship. Our faculty and staff look forward to … growing this work with the new executive director to the benefit of IRE members and organizations.”

The committee will meet regularly to review applicants for the position of executive director, who supervises the world’s largest organization supporting investigative, accountability and data journalism. IRE has more than 6,300 members, a $2.8 million budget and a $4 million endowment.

The committee will recommend finalists for the position to the full 13-member board of directors, which will make the final selection.

If you are interested in learning more about the executive director’s position, please contact Thompson at cherylwt01@gmail.com.

Here's a closer look at the search committee members:

Thompson is an investigative correspondent for NPR. She joined NPR in 2019 after 22 years with The Washington Post, where she covered D.C. police, the Justice Department and the White House. She also was on the investigative team where her examination into political corruption in Maryland sparked a federal investigation that resulted in the conviction of several elected and appointed public officials. She has won dozens of awards, including an Emmy, a shared Pulitzer, an IRE and three NABJ awards. She became IRE’s first Black board president when she was elected in 2018 and is serving her third term in that role.

Rochester is the editor in chief at Type Investigations, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in New York City, and IRE board vice president. He is the former senior news director for investigations at the Detroit Free Press, and has also held senior leadership positions at the Associated Press, Denver Post, Newsday, Indianapolis Star and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Branstetter is corporate accountability editor at The Washington Post, supervising a team of reporters devoted to investigating corporate behavior, the pandemic’s impact on nursing homes and coverage of defense contracting. She previously worked at Reveal and spent more than two decades as a journalist in Oklahoma, at the Tulsa World and as founder of an investigative newsroom, The Frontier. She is an IRE award winner, a 2015 Pulitzer finalist and previously served three terms on the IRE board, including as board vice president.

Galli is chief of investigative projects for ABC News in New York and a member of IRE’s board of directors. At ABC News, she oversees a team of award-winning network correspondents and producers specializing in long-form investigations ranging from government fraud and waste to corporate corruption, social justice, human rights and consumer issues. Galli also heads up collaborative investigative projects between ABC News and network affiliates around the country. A member of IRE since 1994, her work has garnered regional and national awards over 25 years of reporting. She was elected to IRE’s board in 2019, and her term expires in 2021.

Garcia is the senior editor for the ProPublica-Texas Tribune Investigative Initiative. He previously served in top leadership roles at the USA Today Network and is also the former editor of the Naples Daily News, editor and general manager of Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald and senior news editor of the Miami Herald. As a reporter and editor, Garcia and his teams have won several prizes, including the Pulitzer, Goldsmith and IRE prizes. He previously served on the IRE board.

Horvit is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting, and is director of the school’s State Government Reporting Program. He previously served as executive director of IRE and NICAR, where he conducted training in investigative reporting and data journalism throughout the world. Horvit worked as a reporter and editor for 20 years before joining IRE.

October 15, 2020

Journalists, journalism educators and students can still register and participate in IRE’s virtual 2020 national conference, which features keynote speaker Ronan Farrow and 150 recorded sessions.

Professional and academic members can register until Sept. 13, 2021 for $250, and students can register for $50 to receive access to all of the recorded sessions from the Sept. 21-25 event. A current IRE membership is required to register, and attendees will receive conference login information within two business days after registering.

Members will be able to attend investigative sessions and listen in with IRE friends from across the country and around the world. Attendees will gain full access to recorded sessions and available tipsheets and slidedecks until Sept. 21, 2021 so that they can take full advantage of the high-caliber training. Session videos, tipsheets, slide decks and other materials may be accessed on demand during that period. Professors are encouraged to build IRE20 into your second-semester syllabus.

The IRE conference features multiple tracks and can be viewed at any time. The recorded sessions include panels, discussions and hands-on data training on demand. IRE20 offers high-caliber training sessions on topics including covering COVID-19, investigating law enforcement, exposing systemic inequities, Election 2020, public records, broadcast investigations and many more. 

The IRE20 conference set an attendance record: 2,987. That shattered the previous conference high (1,985) set in Houston in 2019. More than 700 students attended the virtual conference. At least 125 journalists outside the United States joined the virtual event, representing 32 other countries on every continent except Antarctica.

The full schedule of sessions can be viewed here, and each description notes whether the session was recorded. Registration is available at this link.

October 14, 2020

Educators of color can apply for IRE’s Educator of Color Fellowship to attend an online Data Bootcamp for Educators. 

The bootcamp will be virtual Jan. 4-7, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET and Jan. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET. Fellowship applications are due Monday, Oct. 26 and require a letter of recommendation. 

Fellowships are open to any educator of color teaching journalism at a college or university — no previous data experience required! Fellowships include a complimentary bootcamp registration ($800 value) and an IRE membership/renewal ($70 value). 

“So much of what we did in the bootcamp I can immediately replicate in my classroom,” said Jessica Langlois, assistant professor of Journalism at Fullerton College and Data Bootcamp for Educators attendee. “It demystified data for me, and showed me how to get my students excited about data journalism.”

Bootcamps are taught by IRE’s experienced trainers and a college-level data journalism professor. Attendees will receive hands-on training on spreadsheet and database skills and will also learn how to teach those tools in a college setting. 

In addition, attendees will learn how to build data lessons into coursework and how to create syllabi for data journalism courses. The bootcamp includes IRE training materials and data that can be used in class.

For more information, see the full bootcamp schedule. 

Questions? Contact training@ire.org

October 12, 2020

It’s once again time to enter the Philip Meyer Journalism Award contest. Entries are now being accepted online, through Nov. 15.

Established in 2005, the award was created to honor Philip Meyer’s pioneering efforts to utilize social science research methods to foster better journalism. The contest recognizes stories that incorporate survey research, probabilities, and other social science tools in creative ways. Three awards are given annually:

Not sure what to enter? Watch award-winning data journalists Jennifer LaFleur, David Donald (deceased) and Tom Hargrove discuss best practices for great data reporting and stories that previously won the Philip Meyer Awards. To learn more about the contest, go to the Philip Meyer Award FAQ page, or contact IRE’s contest coordinator, Lauren Grandestaff at 573-882-6668 or lauren@ire.org.

The deadline for entries is November 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

October 8, 2020

The IRE Board of Directors will launch a national search to find a successor to IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix, who has announced his resignation, effective in early January.

“After four years in this demanding position, I am ready for a change,” Haddix said. “With IRE in solid shape, I feel confident that this is an appropriate time for a smooth leadership transition.”

IRE Board President Cheryl W. Thompson commended Haddix for his achievements. “The board is grateful for Doug’s service and all that he’s done for IRE over the last four years, including overseeing our recent first virtual conference, with nearly 3,000 attendees, the most in our history,” Thompson said. “He is leaving the organization in good financial shape and with a record-high membership of more than 6,500.”

During his tenure, IRE has developed several initiatives to address the organization’s diversity, including training and mentorship specifically for journalists of color, she said.

“We will miss Doug’s dedication and hard work,” she said, “and are thrilled that he has agreed to stay on until early next year.”

Haddix has worked as IRE’s executive director since October 2016. Previously, he worked as an IRE training director from 2008-11. He also served as an assistant vice president at Ohio State University and director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. He worked for a decade as projects editor at The Columbus Dispatch, along with other editing and reporting jobs at newsrooms in Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

“It’s been a privilege to serve as executive director of IRE, an organization that I have loved since attending my first national conference in 1996 in Providence, Rhode Island,” he said. Coincidentally, that also was the first IRE conference for Thompson. “Her friendship has been invaluable to me through the years,” Haddix said.

If you are interested in learning more about the executive director’s position, please contact Thompson at cherylwt01@gmail.com.

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