Archives for June, 2012
Posted: June 26, 2012 | Tags: IRE
Reporting has undergone a revolution since Donald Barlett and James Steele published their series, “America: What Went Wrong,” two decades ago in the Philadelphia Inquirer. New tools and datasets have reconstructed the techniques reporters have always used to investigate stories.
“This is the golden age of reporting, in many ways,” Steele said during a panel discussion at the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) national conference last week in Boston. “The ease with which you can do these things now is astonishing.”
Photo by Samantha Sunne, Investigative Reporting Workshop
From left, Rose Ciotta, Kat Aaron, Jim Steele and Chuck Lewis talk ...
We all know of stories too big for one reporter to tackle; you need an entire team. Lately, we’re seeing stories even bigger, produced by two or more teams from different newsrooms. Now, imagine a story so big that virtually every newsroom in the country could play a part, and any audience member could contribute as a source.
Some journalists are still getting used to crowdsourcing or co-production as these collaborative techniques forge new ground in newsrooms. Others are dreaming up ways to push the envelope of collaboration itself. Such was the case at the Investigative Reporters and Editors ...
Posted: June 23, 2012 | Tags: IRE
I joined two of the Workshop’s other student researchers, Samantha Sunne and Hilary Niles, at the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Boston last weekend, where nearly 1,200 journalists and media professionals dove into computer-assisted reporting, swapped tips on interviewing tough subjects and talked about how to cover topics like racial disparities, crime and the environment. But the core of investigative reporting — holding powerful people accountable for their actions — was the focus of a panel hosted by the Workshop and moderated by our executive editor, Charles Lewis.
Lewis asked these award-winning panelists to talk about their observations ...
Posted: June 5, 2012 | Tags: Investigative Reporting Workshop
By Lydia Beyoud and Hilary Niles
It takes a lot of data to build the investigative and multimedia projects we deliver here at the Workshop. So naturally, we want to use the best possible methods to convey what we uncover.
That’s why we sent three summer staffers — Lydia Beyoud, Hilary Niles and Samantha Sunne — to a training session we helped coordinate last weekend: an introduction to the open-source programming language Python, through a training program geared specifically toward women.
The event, sponsored by DC PyLadies and DC Python, drew more than 25 aspiring programmers, with dozens more on the ...
Posted: June 4, 2012 | Tags: Connected
Today's Save-the-Times-Picayune rally in New Orleans is another in a series of efforts to draw attention to the plight of the city's paper. Advance Publications announced it will publish the print edition only three days a week starting this fall and will focus more effort on its online site.
As we reported in March in our Connected project, the digital divide is now about income more than access. And for the many Times-Picayune readers who don't have or cannot afford Internet service, this translates into more people being less well-informed. Orleans Parish has 40 percent to 60 ...