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Participate in the #NICAR23 mentorship program

Signups are now open for the mentorship networking program at NICAR23 in Nashville.

If you’ll be joining us for the conference, you can sign up by filling out this form. If you can’t make it to Nashville this year but still want to find a mentor, please check out the IRE page at JournalismMentors.com, where you can set up a time to meet virtually with an IRE member mentor.

IRE will match mentors with mentees and arrange for them to meet at a breakfast during the conference. The NICAR23 mentorship breakfast — sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri — will be held from 7:30 - 8:45 a.m. on Friday, March 3, at the conference hotel.

Space is limited in this popular program, and the deadline to apply is midnight CT on Friday, Feb. 17. If the slots are filled before then, your application will be added to a waitlist.

Please also note that you must register for the conference by Feb. 20 in order to participate.

It’s time to gather your best stories of the year! The 2022 IRE Awards contest is now open for submissions, and we can’t wait to see what you’ve done. You may submit entries here.

Among the most prestigious in journalism, the IRE Awards recognize outstanding investigative reporting across all media, including print, TV, radio, and student work.

New for the 2022 contest - Two additional special categories for longform journalism in audio and video - no time or number of works limit!

Eligible entries must have been published or aired between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021 The deadline for submissions is Jan. 13, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

For details on how to enter, go here. To view past winners, go here.

IRE will be back in Orlando this coming summer and we can’t wait to see you! The 2023 IRE Conference will be held on June 22-25, 2023. Registration is now open and professional members can register at the early-bird rate of $325 until April 24, 2023. Student members can register at any time for $100. We’ll be at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld — sign up for the IRE23 updates newsletter to be notified when the discounted block becomes available to book.

IRE23 will not include virtual sessions. Our goal is to provide the best possible experience and we have found, based on attendee feedback, that a hybrid event does not meet the highest level of standards that IRE members have come to expect. We instead have significantly bolstered our affordable and accessible virtual training opportunities scheduled throughout the year.

Additionally, we're expanding and rebranding the DBEI Symposium, our all-virtual conference held in the fall, to IRE Access Fest. Access Fest will offer programming focused on diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion, and also provide trainings that you would see at a typical IRE or NICAR Conference. Check out DBEI21 and DBEI22 schedules for examples. Access Fest will be held on October 12-14, 2023 - more details coming soon!

We’d love to hear from you about what else you’d like to see. Fill this form out any time you have an idea for an event.

We'll be lining up a schedule for IRE23 packed with workshops, hands-on classes and panels that feature the best investigations of the year, and we want to hear from you! The form to share ideas is open and we can't wait to see all your great pitches. For questions, please email conference@ire.org

If you need financial assistance to join us in Orlando, you can apply for one of our many fellowships. For questions, email Anna López at anna@ire.org.  

Keep up to date with all things IRE23-related by signing up for the IRE23 newsletter

IRE is keeping the health and safety of our members at the forefront as we plan the conference. IRE will continue to monitor CDC, local and state guidelines leading up to the conference. Vaccination will be required and we will update attendees on protocols as the conference gets closer.

Want to get more involved with IRE but aren't sure how? Consider volunteering your time as an IRE Awards screener.

As a screener, you’d be part of a team of journalists looking for the best investigative reporting in a single category, which means that you may have to read, listen to, or watch a couple dozen entries. It’s a bit of a time commitment, but most screeners find the process rewarding. A bonus: The majority of the work is done in January and early February when the weather is less-than-inviting in many parts of the world. Yes, that means we’re appealing to our international members as well.

Being a screener does not disqualify you from entering the awards. If you have questions, feel free to contact Barbara Rodriguez, the contest committee chair for the IRE Board of Directors (bcrodriguez@19thnews.org), or awards@ire.org.

If you're ready to toss your hat in the ring, please fill out this short form. We'll be in touch soon!

It's once again time to enter the Philip Meyer Journalism Award contest. Entries are now being accepted online, through Nov. 11.

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.

To learn more about the contest, go to the Philip Meyer Award FAQ page, or contact us at awards@ire.org.

The deadline for entries is November 11, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

NICAR will be back in Nashville this spring after 26 years. We can’t wait to see y’all on March 2-5, 2023! Registration is now open and professional members can register at the early-bird rate of $299 until January 9. Student members can register at any time for $100. We’ll be at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel — book your stay now before the discounted block fills up.

NICAR23 will not include virtual sessions. Our goal is to provide the best possible experience and we have found, based on attendee feedback, that a hybrid event does not meet the highest level of standards that IRE members have come to expect. We instead have significantly bolstered our affordable and accessible virtual training opportunities scheduled throughout the year.

Additionally, we're expanding and rebranding the DBEI Symposium, our all-virtual conference held in the fall, to IRE Access Fest. Access Fest will offer programming focused on diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion, and also provide trainings that you would see at a typical IRE or NICAR Conference. Check out DBEI21 and DBEI22 schedules for examples. Access Fest will be held on October 12-14, 2023 - more details coming soon!

We’d love to hear from you about what else you’d like to see. Fill this form out any time you have an idea for an event.

We’re lining up a schedule for NICAR23 packed with data workshops, hands-on classes and panels, but there’s still time to send us your ideas! The pitch form will remain open through September 30. For questions about pitching or anything else, please email conference@ire.org

IRE is committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, appearance or religion. Take a moment to read through the IRE Code of Conduct before making a pitch: ire.org/conduct.

If you need financial assistance to join us in Nashville, you can apply for one of our many fellowships. Get your application in by January 9. For questions, email Anna López at anna@ire.org.  

Keep up to date with all things NICAR23 related by signing up for the NICAR23 newsletter

IRE is keeping the health and safety of our members at the forefront as we plan the conference. IRE will continue to monitor CDC, local and state guidelines leading up to the conference and will update attendees on protocols as the conference gets closer. 

Sisi Wei and Lam Thuy Vo — two respected journalists who advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in news media — will join IRE’s second-annual DBEI Symposium in a joint keynote conversation. 

Wei recently took on the role of Editor in Chief at The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates how powerful institutions are using technology to change society. Previously, Wei was co-executive director of OpenNews, a community of journalists working to build a more equitable future for journalism. As part of her work, Wei founded the DEI Coalition For Anti-Racist, Equitable, And Just Newsrooms in 2020, and led more than 100 members of the journalism community in co-creating and launching the DEI Coalition Slack space in March 2021.

Vo combines data analysis with on-the-ground reporting to examine how systems and policies affect individuals. She is currently a Soros Justice Fellow, a Type Investigations Ida B. Wells Fellow, a data-journalist-in-residence at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, and an IRE board member. She has also worked as an educator, scholar and public speaker for a decade, developing newsroom-wide training programs and workshops for journalists across the US, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Vo co-administers a Slack community for journalists of color and co-created a resource guide for journalists of color looking for career growth, salary data, demographics breakdowns of newsrooms and training opportunities.

“We are thrilled that Sisi and Lam are joining forces to address this year’s symposium attendees,”  said IRE Executive Director Diana Fuentes. “Their dedication to making news and newsrooms more equitable and accessible is inspiring. Sisi and Lam’s leadership help us chart the path toward a more inclusive future for all of us.” 

The DBEI Symposium on diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion, will be held online Oct. 20-21. The symposium will focus on helping journalists with newsroom diversity issues and with investigating inequality in their communities, from education and health care to housing and climate change. More information, including registration and the full schedule, can be found on IRE’s website.

Wei and Vo have impressive resumes spanning more than 20 years of journalism experience. Both are longtime supporters and speakers at IRE and NICAR conferences and events. They are recipients of major journalism awards and have appeared in many national and international news publications. IRE is honored to have these esteemed journalists participate in DBEI22. Their joint address will be held on Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

IRE will provide coast-to-coast training opportunities for college educators and students as part of the IRE on Campus program now entering its third year. 

Six colleges and universities that all serve a large percentage of historically excluded students, have been selected to receive free custom training — Saint Xavier University, San Francisco State University, Texas State University, Santa Ana College, The City College of New York and Saint Peter's University. Up to 25 students and 2 faculty/staff at each campus will receive free IRE memberships, which provide access to invaluable online resources.

IRE is proud to receive generous funding from Lumina Foundation which helped launch the campus initiative in 2019. The two components of the program align with IRE’s continued efforts to expand its diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion efforts:

“We’re excited to get back on the road and into classrooms across the country,” said Francisco Vara-Orta, IRE’s director of diversity and inclusion, who is leading the training initiative. “It’s more important than ever to give our future generations the skills and tools they need to hold those in power to account.”

Investigative Reporters and Editors is gearing up to start planning the 2023 NICAR Conference, held in Nashville March 2-5. 

Use this form to share ideas, suggestions and other comments to help us plan the best possible conference. No suggestion is too big or too small. The form will be open through Sept. 30.

We’re also starting an email list so you can keep up with all the news about #NICAR23, including speakers, sessions, travel information, fellowship deadlines and more. Sign up here to receive those emails.

We’re excited to see everyone and be back in Nashville after 26 years! Please know that IRE takes the health and safety of all attendees, speakers, staff and others involved at our events seriously and follows the guidelines of the CDC. More information about health and safety guidelines will be posted closer to the event. 

Your input helps ensure that we consider a broad spectrum of speakers and topics. 

Here are a few ways you can use the ideas form:

Have several ideas? Great! Fill out the form as many times as you’d like. And help us spread the word by sharing this form with friends, colleagues, Slack channels, etc.

Keep in mind that IRE retains editorial control over the content of its conferences. If we use your idea, our team will be in touch to discuss details. Here are some other tips to help you make the best pitch and understand our process. 

Please direct questions to conference@ire.org

Get to know your friendly IRE Staff in our new series, Ask Us Anything! These informal Zoom chats will be a way for you to put names to faces, hear about some exciting things we’ve got going on, ask questions and learn more about the organization you belong to (or want to join)! 

Join us on Zoom on Tuesday, August 16 from 1:45 to 2:45 pm CT. You’ll meet the IRE content team to learn about all the awesome programming we're planning, how you can help guide the content of our conferences and online events, and ways to get involved. We’ll be there to answer all the IRE-related questions you’ve ever wondered about. 

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