Student resources

  • IRE Resource Center Tipsheet Database
    This is a searchable index to a collection of more than 4,000 tipsheets from IRE and NICAR conferences. Tipsheets are the handouts speakers gave to the session attendees. Tipsheet topics range from downloading data to Excel to better writing tips to reporting on high school or college athletics to managing projects. Learn from some of the best investigative journalists in the country. IRE members can download the tipsheets at no charge.
  • IRE Resource Center Story Database
    This is a searchable index to a collection of more than 25,000 investigative stories. It is a good place for story ideas or for finding stories on the same topic you are writing about so you can get some tips on reporting the same or similar topic. There is no fee for accessing the stories.
  • The IRE Journal and Uplink
    Available only to IRE members, this is a searchable index to The IRE Journal and Uplink, a newsletter published by the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. Journalists write about how they got the story or used data for a story. This is a good resource for tips and advice on reporting certain topics or using data.
  • IRE Resource Center Bookstore
    IRE Beat books can be helpful when covering certain topics. Also, for those math-impaired journalists, Numbers in the Newsroom is a great resource.  The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook is a handy book to have in a newsroom library for quick tips on reporting different topics. Interested in learning how to use a government database for a story? You might want to read Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide.


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