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Several IRE members win 2015 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards

Congratulations to the several IRE members who recently were recognized with 2015 duPont-Columbia Awards. Their hard work and dedication to good investigative journalism helps keep the public informed and educated on important topics that affect their daily lives and communities.

Wendy Halloran, Mark Phillips, Bryan West and Mark Casey, along with colleagues at KPNX 12 News in Phoenix, for "Raked Over the Coals." The team doggedly pursued and refuted claims that the city’s arson squad had the highest arson clearance rate of any major U.S. city’s fire department.

Madeleine Baran, Mike Cronin, Tom Scheck and the team ...

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Database quantifies wasted natural gas from Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas

An interactive map shows how the volume of flared gas in Texas counties has increased over time – especially in the Eagle Ford Shale. 

By John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News

The energy boom that’s showering rural South Texas with money is also wasting an irreplaceable natural resource.

Drive through the bustling oil patch of the Eagle Ford Shale, located about an hour away from San Antonio, and you’ll quickly lose count of fiery gas flares that dot the countryside.

Natural gas is cheap. Pipelines are expensive. So instead of collecting the fossil fuel, many oil and gas operators build ...

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Enter your best investigative work in the 2014 IRE Awards

It’s that time of year again – time to consider entering your best work into the IRE Awards. Among the most prestigious in journalism, the IRE Awards recognize outstanding investigative reporting across all media. Eligible entries must have been published or aired between January 1 and December 31, 2014. The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2015.

How to enter the IRE Awards: You can now enter the IRE Awards contest online. You must be a current member to enter the IRE Awards. If you are not a member, you can join online. Once you are registered and logged in ...

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Story Shorts goes behind the scenes with NBC Bay Area

A tip from a source prompted the NBC Bay Area team to launch a major investigation into Sysco Corporation, the world's largest food distributor.

Using a wide variety of cameras and surveillance techniques, the station exposed the company's dangerous practice of storing fresh food in unrefrigerated storage sheds. The food was then delivered to restaurants, hotels, hospitals and schools.

In our latest installment of Story Shorts reporter Vicky Nguyen and producer Kevin Nious explain how the investigation came together. They'll offer tips on working as a team, selling managers on a major project, reaching out to sources ...

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IRE collaborates with Pew Research Center on electronic security survey

IRE is working in partnership with the Pew Research Center to survey investigative journalists – including many IRE members – about challenges and concerns surrounding electronic surveillance, digital privacy and protections for investigative journalism in the U.S. today. The survey is confidential, and selected participants will receive an invitation via email. Findings will be available in the coming months at www.pewresearch.org.

If you have questions about this survey or IRE’s participation, please email info@ire.org.

Behind the Story: How NPR and ProPublica exposed problems with the Red Cross’ response to Superstorm Sandy

Justin Elliott of ProPublica

Justin Elliott, Jesse Eisinger and Laura Sullivan turned a vague tip about the American Red Cross’ inefficiency into a powerful report about the organization’s failings after Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy.

The joint project between ProPublica and NPR revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars pouring in from donors in 2012 fell to organization leaders often more concerned with the appearance that they were helping than with actually providing aid. The team of reporters got the story through public records, internal emails and documents, and accounts from current and former disaster relief specialists.

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Webinar to highlight new data set on campaign advertising

Got a big election on your horizon in 2016 or even 2015?

Join us for a free webinar Thursday and to get a sneak preview of an unprecedentedly detailed data set that the Internet Archive, the Sunlight Foundation and Philadelphia's Committee of Seventy compiled on political ads in Philadelphia this fall.

They’ll be releasing data linking ad spots to advertisers and the money behind them and showing you how it can be used to measure the intensity of a campaign, to identify the demographics being targeted by candidates and to out some of the mystery meat committees that ...

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Only 1 week left to enter the Philip Meyer contest

We know you've done some amazing work this past year and we'd love to see it! Enter the Philip Meyer Journalism Award contest for your chance to be recognized along with some of the best journalists in the country. Entries are now being accepted online, through November 21st.

Established in 2005, the award was created to honor Philip Meyer's pioneering efforts to utilize social science research methods to foster better journalism. The contest recognizes stories that incorporate survey research, probabilities and other social science tools in creative ways that lead to journalism vital to the community. Three ...

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Introducing NICAR Courses

We've been training journalists for years and decided it was time to share some of that knowledge with college instructors to help prepare the next generation of journalists. With that in mind, we created NICAR Courses – everything instructors need to teach an introduction to data journalism using spreadsheets.

This Excel module will cover two to three weeks of class and materials include teaching guides, exercises, more than 15 datasets and training tips. Students will get hands-on experience working with real-life examples of how to find stories in data.

For more information go here or email courses@ire.org.

Story Shorts highlights lessons from VA investigation

We’re back with another round of Story Shorts, our new video series highlighting investigative reporting tips and techniques. This week we’re going behind the story with CNBC’s Dina Gusovsky and Jeff Pohlman and highlighting lessons from their series "Death & Dishonor: Crisis at the VA".

We’ll be releasing a new video every day this week at 6 p.m. Central. The CNBC team will talk about how to work with anonymous sources, find and vet documents, and identify any potential hidden agendas.

Visit the Story Shorts page to see each new clip as well as our previous ...

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