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The NICAR Talk Blog:

IRE & NICAR to freely publish unprocessed data

Charles Minshew, IRE Director of Data Services  Inspired by our members, IRE is pleased to announce the first release of raw, unprocessed data from the NICAR Database Library. The contents of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) master file for 2015 are now available for free download on our website. The package contains the original…

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EPA: Open data portal to remain online

Reporters rushed to download data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s open data portal after a contractor reported the portal would shut down this Friday. But the EPA called reports untrue Monday morning and stated that the site will not close and that data will remain available. Users visiting the EPA’s open data portal were greeted…

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Battling burnout in a tweet-breaking world

By Uliana Pavlova “If you think you are indispensable, just die and see what happens.” – Ron Nixon It seems almost impossible to find a work/life balance when you’re a journalist in a constantly shrinking industry. In the world of breaking news and Twitter, it’s hard to unplug. Nixon, a Washington correspondent with The New…

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Best practices for measuring impact

By Natalie Lung Two factors measure the impact of journalism: the output (how much work has been done), and its significance. But Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute (API), thinks newsrooms don’t actually measure much of either. At a 2017 CAR Conference panel, Rosenstiel spoke alongside Lindsay Green-Barber, former director of strategic…

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