Covering the death penalty and execution secrecy

Journalists from four states talk about how to investigate the death penalty and shed light on secrecy surrounding lethal injection practices. You’ll learn how to get started covering these issues and where to look for key pieces of information. Guests include Ziva Branstetter of the Tulsa World, Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio, Brian Haas of The Tennessean and Della Hasselle, a contributor to The Lens.

lnvestigating on the sports beat

Kevin Blackistone, a University of Maryland professor, columnist and ESPN panelist, hosts a discussion with Scott Prisbell of USA Today, Amy Shipley of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Scott Reid of the Orange County Register. Drawing on the issues presented in the latest IRE Journal at the time, the discussion will focus on the need for investigative reporting in local sports, techniques for finding stories and balancing investigative work with beat reporting. 

America’s worst charities

A joint investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Tampa Bay Times and CNN identified America’s 50 worst charities — nonprofits that plead for financial support and lied to donors about where their money goes, taking multiple salaries and secretly paying themselves or their friends through consulting fees and fundraising contracts. Reporters Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart spent more than a year reviewing documents and building a one-of-a-kind database of the country’s worst charitable organizations. Taggart, Hundley and Tampa Bay Times editor Chris Davis joined IRE in a Google Hangout on June 14. Watch the recording to find out the behind the scenes details of the investigation. 

ICIJ offshore secrecy project

IRE hosts a Google Hangout in which The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists discusses its investigation into offshore secrecy, which tapped into a cache of 2.5 million files and “cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts.” Gerard Ryle, Marina Walker Guevara, Michael Hudson, Mar Cabra, Stefan Candea and Frédéric Zalac join the hangout to talk about the various aspects of the vast project.

Deadly Delays

Ellen Gabler and Allan J. Vestal of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Watchdog team discuss their Deadly Delays series on processing failures in newborn screening programs. Topics for discussion included how the team uncovered delayed testing and how other news teams can use the information to begin their own investigations using their state-by-state app.

Best Practices for Data Journalism

Award winning data journalists Jennifer LaFleur, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, David Donald, of the Center for Public Integrity and Tom Hargrove of the Scripps-Howard News Service discuss best practices for great data reporting. They also touch on the stories that won them Philip Meyer Journalism Awards. Steve Doig of Arizona State University moderates.


Periodically IRE hosts live video chats with reporters and editors using Google Hangouts. Tune in as journalists discuss big projects, share their expertise on a particular topic or discuss trends in investigative journalism. All hangouts are recorded and reproduced on the site. You can find links to all IRE hangouts in the list below. Want to participate in a hangout or share an idea for one? Email