Tipsheets & Links

Session materials from panels, demos and hands-on classes at the 2015 IRE Conference. Don’t see your materials listed on this page? Send them to tipsheets@ire.org.

Wednesday

Finding money stories in census data (Sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism) | Franklin 3&4

Thursday

INN: Welcome | Room 414-415

Welcome and overview of the conference | Franklin 3&4

Analytics to find and grow your audience, from the reporter’s perspective (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Digging into data for stories: A crash course (pre-registration required) | Room 402

Finding the story: The Census | Room 401

Show & Tell (Thursday – #1) | Franklin 8

Reporting on the security state in your own community | Salon K

Merchants of mudslinging | Salon L

INN: Best practices in nonprofit news – The latest on how to fund your content | Room 414-415

Broadcast: What does the audience want? | Franklin 9&10

Campus coverage: Investigating off-campus housing, from slumlords to safety violations (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation) | Franklin 5&6

The year in CAR | Franklin 3&4

Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau) | Room 404

Legal, technical, and policy challenges facing journalists: A primer and path forward | Franklin 1&2 

Broadcast: Interviews that work | Franklin 9&10

How to sort out science for your investigation | Salon K

The right to photograph & record in public: On the ground & in the air | Salon L

INN: Mergers, acquisitions and memos of understanding | Room 414-415

On The beat: Business (Sponsored by Bloomberg) | Franklin 5&6

Getting data from the web: From the quick grab to the intricate scrape (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Make Photoshop work for you | Room 401

Covering policing, from shootings to community relations (Sponsored by Criminal Justice Journalists) | Franklin 3&4

What the hell is R and all the other questions you’re afraid to ask | Franklin 3&4

Show & Tell (Thursday – #2) | Franklin 8

Advanced design and interaction in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau) | Room 404

Campus coverage: Key data for investigating college sports (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation) | Salon L

Uncovering fraud and malfeasance | Franklin 5&6

Mobile ready visualizations with Silk (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Show & Tell (Thursday – #3) | Franklin 8

Consumer investigations | Franklin 9&10

Designing database applications to increase page views and ad revenues | Room 401

Investigating migration and immigration (Sponsored by Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma) | Salon K

On the beat: Criminal justice | Franklin 3&4

INN: The latest on foundations and grants | Room 414-415

A conversation with Seymour Hersh | Franklin 1&2

INN: Lunch and networking on your own | Room 414-415

Intro to data stories in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau) | Room 404

Covering police shootings in ethnic communities (Sponsored by New America Media) | 

Pop Up Archive: Helping Google (and new audiences) find audio (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

From facts to data: Making your stories airtight | Franklin 3&4

INN: Legal really matters – Expert advice and listening to what members need | Room 414-415

Coding for journalists (pre-registration required) | Room 401

Privatizing government services (Sponsored by Bloomberg) | Franklin 9&10

Management track: Managing the multiplatform investigation | Franklin 5&6

Red flags: Finding fraud in government programs | Franklin 1&2 

Broadcast deep dives 1 | Franklin 8

Engaging your audience | Salon L

Data discovery: Finding stories in data (Hosted by Tableau) | Room 404

Investigating child & family issues (Sponsored by Temple University School of Media and Communication) | Salon L

Tell stories about your community with real estate data (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Show & Tell (Thursday – #4) | Franklin 8

The ethics of sourcing | Franklin 9&10

Game on: Creating interactive experiences from investigations | Franklin 5&6

Meet the first intelligence whistleblowers and the journalist who revealed their secrets | Franklin 3&4

INN: Workshops (choose one): Measuring metrics; Do’s and don’ts of grant writing; Technology innovation; Creative Marketing | Room 414-415

50 Apps in 30 Minutes (plus 30 minutes of other cool mobile stuff) | Franklin 1&2

Power couple: Data-driven reporting and people-driven narrative | Franklin 5&6

Banjo: Report the news first (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Tools for small newsrooms that don’t code | Franklin 1&2

Show & Tell (Thursday – #5) | Franklin 8

Best of broadcast | Franklin 9&10

Management track: Guiding and editing the in-depth story | Salon K

On the beat: Government | Salon L

Access to your information: Subpoenas, shield laws and more | Franklin 3&4

Friday

Investigating economic development subsidies: Missing jobs, strained budgets and tense politics (Sponsored by Bloomberg) | Salon C

The other half of the story: How reporters can use data to identify ‘positive deviants’ and add fresh angles to investigative stories | Salon D

Cleaning up data with OpenRefine | Room 404

Excel 1: Getting started with spreadsheets | Room 401

Show & Tell (Friday – #1) | Franklin 8

Geolocation for investigations | Salon E 

How to buy a candidate (Sponsored by Rockefeller Brothers Fund) | Franklin 1&2

The year in investigative reporting | Franklin 5&6

Mapping mini camp (pre-registration required) | Room 402

Management track: Managing the multi-newsroom project | Franklin 3&4

Wedgies: Social polling (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Broadcast: Investigative reporting at networks | Franklin 9&10 

Under pressure: Real life in real time with breaking news | Room 404

Excel 2: Functions and pivot tables | Room 401

Freelance reporting with impact: How stories get attention, and results (Sponsored by Fund for Investigative Journalism) | Franklin 5&6

How reporters can best protect themselves and their sources | Franklin 3&4

Backgrounding on deadline | Franklin 1&2

Broadcast: How to get people to talk | Franklin 9&10

Research independence day: Top 100 tips to liberate your searching | Salon E

Show & Tell (Friday – #2) | Franklin 8

Scripter: The story begins here… (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Future threats: New avenues of investigative reporting in the fast-changing world of emerging global crises | Salon C

Beyond Ferguson: Investigating schools, police and inequality (Sponsored by Temple University School of Media and Communication) | Salon D

Ethnography for journalists: Storytelling and the deep dive | Franklin 3&4

Broadcast: Visual video toolbox | Franklin 9&10

Finding the story: Bridge inspections | Room 404

Adventures in the oil patch: Fracking, earthquakes and corporate influence | Franklin 5&6

Muckraking around the world | Salon D

Internet site fingerprints: Looking for telltale signs that suggest connections between websites (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Open records laws: Strategies for successful negotiations | Salon C

Investigating the justice system (Sponsored by Criminal Justice Journalists) | Franklin 1&2

Sexual assault investigations: Empathy, accuracy, transparency (Sponsored by Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma) | Salon E

Show & Tell (Friday – #3) | Franklin 8

Getting data into Excel | Room 401

Media lawyers brown bag | Franklin 3&4

Broadcast: Avoiding legal trouble | Franklin 9&10

Covering the economics of medicine (Sponsored by Bloomberg) | Salon C

Investigating the investigators: Digging into regulatory agencies | Franklin 3&4

Get the Sqoop: An easier way to search and set alerts for public records information (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Cracking the political piggy bank: An introduction to campaign finance data (Sponsored by Rockefeller Brothers Fund) | Room 404

Writing master class: “Before the Law” | Franklin 5&6

Funding the independent investigation (Sponsored by Fund for Investigative Journalism) | Salon D

Broadcast deep dives 2 | Franklin 8

20 tools to fortify your social media | Franklin 1&2

Interviewing liars | Salon E

Getting started with R | Room 401

Management track: Dodging the bullets – making your stories as error and libel free as possible | Salon C

Show & Tell (Friday – #4) | Franklin 8

More with R | Room 401

Covering threats against journalists overseas without leaving town | Franklin 5&6

Broadcast: How some of the best work gets done | Franklin 9&10

The anatomy of a crisis: Tracking the records trail | Franklin 3&4

Stonewalled: Strategies for getting what you need out of government | Salon E

The art of developing sources | Franklin 1&2

Prisons, jails and punishment: The real story (Sponsored by Criminal Justice Journalists) | Salon D

A case study in virtual reality: Creating an Ebola documentary (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Using Fusion Tables | Room 404

Cleaning data with regular expressions and more | Room 404

Show & Tell (Friday – #5) | Franklin 8

Finding the story: Contracts | Room 401

Digital presentation for investigations | Salon D

Quantity and quality | Salon C

SHOWCASE PANEL: The New Muckrakers – The expanding world of investigative journalism | Salon E

Working with whistleblowers | Franklin 5&6

Oil on the tracks: Covering the explosive story of crude trains (Sponsored by Society of Environmental Journalists) | Franklin 3&4

Broadcast: Your presentation style | Franklin 9&10

Examining voter access issues: Covering the fight over the right to vote (Sponsored by Rockefeller Brothers Fund) | Franklin 1&2

Tools for transparency from the Sunlight Foundation (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Saturday

Audio class with Reveal 1 (pre-registered attendees only) | Room 414/415

On the beat: Healthcare | Salon G

Show & Tell (Saturday – #1) | Franklin 8

Web scraping for anyone | Room 401

Broadcast: Breaking news investigations | Franklin 9&10

Beacon: Embracing and Communicating Impact (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Social media innovations: Investigative reporting and social documentary photography | Franklin 1&2

Investigating what we eat | Franklin 3&4

From the newsroom to the classroom | Franklin 5&6

Intro to mapping with QGIS: Importing and displaying data | Room 402

Using SQL to interrogate data (part 1) | Room 404

Advanced Excel functions | Room 401

Investigating black boxes | Franklin 3&4

Getting great stories from hidden data sets | Franklin 1&2

Broadcast: 60 stories in 60 minutes | Franklin 9&10

Show & Tell (Saturday – #2) | Franklin 8

More with QGIS: Basic geographic analysis | Room 402

How to become an instant expert on a topic through Google | Salon K/L

Buying influence: How to track lobbyists (Sponsored by Rockefeller Brothers Fund) | SalonG

Using SQL to interrogate data (part 2) | Room 404

Data visualization for reporting (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Audio class with Reveal 2 (pre-registered attendees only) | Room 414/415

Investigating the military | Franklin 5&6

Doing investigations with students | Franklin 3&4

Broadcast: Story structure | Franklin 9&10

Show & Tell (Saturday – #3) | Franklin 8

Pick & choose environmental investigations (Sponsored by Society of Environmental Journalists) | Franklin 1&2

Navigating the publishing world: From ebooks to your first novel | Salon K/L

Exploring a Post-9/11 world: A conversation with Laura Poitras | Salon GAudio class with Reveal 3 (pre-registered attendees only) | Room 414/415

Liberating data from PDFs | Room 401

Using SQL to interrogate data (part 3) | Room 404

Reporting and tracking with Storify (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Management track: Balancing enterprise with everything else | Franklin 5&6

Map like a pro with ArcGIS online | Room 402

Animated video for storytelling | Room 401

Management track: You want to do what? Vetting story ideas | Franklin 1&2

Broadcast deep dives 3 | Franklin 8

Beyond words: Storytelling at the intersection of cool & creative | Salon K/L

Immigration: What part of “illegal” don’t you understand? (Sponsored by Criminal Justice Journalists) | Franklin 5&6

An introduction to Python (part 1) | Room 404Creating a document state of mind | Salon G

Doing stats in Excel | Room 402

Broadcast: Hitting the ground running – new market, new beat | Franklin 9&10

Tell me a (data) story I won’t forget | Room 414/415

From words to pictures: Text analysis and visualization (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Campus coverage: Examining the cost of a college education (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation) | Franklin 3&4An introduction to Python (part 2) | Room 404

Human rights reporting (Sponsored by Temple University School of Media and Communication) | Franklin 5&6

Geocoding: Turning addresses into locations | Room 401

Free tools to get the job done (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Investigating law enforcement | Franklin 3&4

Campus coverage: Investigating student rights violations – From fraternities to the administration (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation) | Room 414/415 

Show & Tell (Saturday – #4) | Franklin 8

Broadcast: Managing the broadcast team | Franklin 9&10

Humanizing numbers | Salon G

Avoiding prying eyes | Franklin 1&2

Reporting on diverse communities that aren’t your own (Sponsored by Asian American Journalists Association) | Salon K/L

Under pressure: Real life in real time with breaking news (repeat session) | Room 402

Pop-up panel (TBA #1) | Franklin 1&2Twitter tricks and analytics | Room 404

Show & Tell (Saturday – #5) | Franklin 8

Pop-up panel (TBA #4) | Salon G

Pop-up panel (TBA #2) | Franklin 3&4

Using data to explore violence in Latin American Communities | Room 414/415

Pop-up panel (TBA #3) | Franklin 5&6

Surviving PDFs: Tools and techniques (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Investigations with DocumentCloud | Room 401

Data deep dives: Philip Meyer Award winners | Salon K/L

Finding the story: Public debt | Room 402

Broadcast: Hidden cameras | Franklin 9&10

Sunday

The Web for investigators | Franklin 1&2

Web scraping for anyone (repeat session) | Room 404 

Data and docs | Franklin 3&4

Whose truth? Evaluate experts, recognize junk, tell better science & environmental stories | Franklin 9&10Science journalism: Finding stories, choosing sources, sharing truth & other uncertainties | Franklin 9&10

Get the IRE edge | Franklin 7

Advanced Excel functions (repeat session) | Room 401

Cleaning up data with OpenRefine (repeat session) | Room 404

Finding the story: Workplace safety | Room 401

DocumentCloud: Examples and suggestions (Sponsored by Knight Foundation) | Franklin 7

Career roundtable | Franklin 1&2

Using hypotheses: The core of investigative method | Franklin 3&4

Liberating data from PDFs (repeat session) | Room 401

Investigating fraud | Franklin 1&2

Mastering timelines: The royal road to a successful project | Franklin 3&4

Command line fundamentals for journalists | Room 404