IRE offers free resources to investigate police abuses and misconduct

As a public service, IRE is making key resources available for free to all journalists interested in investigating police use of force, misconduct and corruption. Typically, these tipsheets, presentations and contest entries are available solely for IRE members. “All of us have been shocked at what we’ve seen across the country, as peaceful demonstrators and…

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How to be an ally in the newsroom

Five journalists share tips and ideas for creating a culture of inclusivity, regardless of job title, in their newsrooms. Ashley Graham, WLNS (Lansing, Michigan): “It’s important for everyone in the newsroom to be open to ‘diverse’ story pitches. Many journalists of color find that pitches related to their respective communities get turned down for being…

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Top tips from health reporters and officials on covering COVID-19

In early March, we put together a panel at the 2020 NICAR Conference on how to cover the response to COVID-19. Although much has changed in the past month, there were some key takeaways from the panel that will ring true throughout the pandemic.  Panelists Caroline Chen from ProPublica, Anna Barry-Jester from Kaiser Health News…

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Housing authorities refuse to find and remove radon

Public housing authorities across the country have refused to find and remove radioactive gas from inside tenants’ homes, leaving children, senior citizens and other vulnerable people unnecessarily exposed, an investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive found. And the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development let them, shirking a 30-year-old legal mandate from Congress to fix the…

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Pa. Lawmakers Mask Millions in Campaign Expenses

A year-long investigation by Spotlight PA and The Caucus found Pennsylvania lawmakers use credit cards, gift cards and reimbursements to themselves to mask millions of dollars in campaign expenses. The spending includes lavish dinners, foreign trips, sports tickets, limos, country club memberships and more. Pennsylvania lawmakers operate under some of the country’s weakest campaign finance…

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The Town Where Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested

People with cancer, with sick kids and with disabilities are being arrested because of medical debts they cannot pay. In one Kansas town, at least 11 people were jailed in the past year alone, a ProPublica investigation has found. Welcome to Coffeyville, where the judge has no law degree, debt collectors get a cut of…

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Who Killed Paul Guihard?

The Agence France-Presse podcast features the unsolved 1962 civil rights murder of AFP reporter Paul Guihard at Ole Miss during the 1962 integration crisis. Guihard was shot in the back from a foot away during a riot that accompanied the enrollment of James Meredith. The murder remains unsolved. Guihard is the only reporter known to…

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Prosecutors drop gun charges over and over. Some suspects go on to kill.

From 2014 through 2018 the Charlotte Observer found that Mecklenburg County prosecutors dismissed 68 percent of weapons charges, a higher rate than any other urban county in North Carolina. Mecklenburg’s high dismissal rate means that defendants who commit crimes there have a greater chance of avoiding punishment than in other North Carolina counties. Suspects who…

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