Posts tagged 'IRE'

Sharing data and ideas

Posted: March 3, 2017 | Tags: IRE

Jacksonville, Florida, was the host city for this year’s Computer-Assisted Reporting conference, one of two annual conferences run by the Investigative Reporters and Editors. The March 2-5 program included practical tips, story ideas and computer training. Tipsheets and links are online, too.

Chuck Lewis, Workshop founding executive editor, moderated “Doing data journalism under duress” on March 3, which covered collaboration across borders and ways to make data more globally accessible. 

The three speakers on the panel brought unique experiences and skills: Anatoliy Bondarenko, head of data apps team at Texty.org.ua; Rigoberto Carvajal, the International Consortium of Investigative ...

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Takeaways from IRE

Posted: July 7, 2015 | Tags: IRE

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Icon by Sydney Ling, IRW

Reporters and editors from the Investigative Reporting Workshop were among the 1,800 attendees at this year’s Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference in Philadelphia. Earlier this month, we traveled from our home base in Washington, D.C. to learned how to better serve our community by improving our chops at finding stories, fact-checking, interviewing, source-building and data reporting. Here are some of the sessions we’re still talking about the programs: 

Python introduction

Always trying to add to our data reporting repertoire, some Workshop reporters headed to a two-hour Python introduction. Python, as ...

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Workshop staff heads to IRE

Posted: June 1, 2015 | Tags: IRE

Workshop editors and a dozen students will be attending the annual Investigative Reporters & Editors conference in Philadelphia this week and helping to shape the program by moderating and participating in a variety of panels.

• Senior Editor John Sullivan will moderate "On the beat: Criminal justice," at 11:20 a.m. on Thursday.

• Data Editor David Donald will talk about "From facts to data: Making your stories airtight" at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday; "Doing stats in Excel" at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday; and "Data Deep Dives" at 4:50 p.m. on Saturday, during which he and ...

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'Years' project preview

Posted: Oct. 31, 2013 | Tags: climate change, IRE

"Years of Living Dangerously," to air on Showtime in April 2014, looks at the impact of climate change around the world. The Workshop's Senior Producer, Margaret Ebrahim, has been reporting two of the stories in the eight-part series: one explores the natural-gas boom and the other is about the rise in renewable energy development.

The series will feature actors Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Olivia Munn, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, America Ferrera and Michael C. Hall as correspondents, as well as New York Times' columnists Mark Bittman and Thomas Friedman and CBS News' "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl.

Ebrahim has ...

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Border Patrol wins first 'golden padlock' award

Posted: June 25, 2013 | Tags: IRE

More than 1,200 journalists from around the world showed up last week in San Antonio for the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. From my perspective, here are some of the memorable moments:

  • The IRE awards luncheon (my Tweet: “The best hour in journalism”) is always a highlight. But this year’s keynote speech by Mexican journalist Marcela Turati was one of the most powerful I have ever heard. With chilling detail she described the violence the drug cartels are visiting on her country — and how the cartels intimidate and murder journalists in order to help prolong their reign ...

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New tools help as writers take a second look at the decline of working America

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.”

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Photo by Samantha Sunne, Investigative Reporting Workshop

From left, Rose Ciotta, Kat Aaron, Jim Steele and Chuck Lewis talk ...

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Advice still holds: Follow paper trails and instincts

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 ...

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Recent Posts

The back-story behind Workshop's first data project on banks

In BankTracker, our long-running series that debuted in March 2009, we analyzed publicly available data to report on the financial health of the nation’s banks and credit unions. Though the project met with resistance from the banking association at the time, the updates continue to be welcomed by readers.

Washington journalists on Trump’s war on the press

Trump’s war on the press is a political strategy and it’s working, Margaret Sullivan, the media columnist for The Washington Post, said at the 2017 Missouri-Hurley Symposium at the National Press Club last week.

A journalist who sought to democratize data

In a period when many academics, journalists, civil-society groups and citizens fear that federal data may be altered to suit political agendas, the tools and techniques data journalists use will help keep it honest. And David Donald was one data journalism's standard bearers, taking steps to lowering barriers to entry in the field, including co-hosting workshops for social workers, real-estate brokers, designers, business managers, pediatricians, even zoologists. 


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