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IRE members honored with Peabody Awards

Several members of Investigative Reporters and Editors were named 2014 Peabody Award winners. To learn more about the awards, click here.

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Consider running for the IRE Board of Directors, Contest Committee

2015 Board Election Schedule

April 13 – Period to declare candidacy for the IRE Board begins

May 11 – Deadline for candidates to file to appear on the initial ballot

May 18 – Voting period begins, candidate statements posted online

June 4 – Deadline to get on the ballot (5 p.m. EDT)

June 5 – Candidate forum at 6 p.m EDT

June 6 – Voting closes at 6:30 p.m. EDT

We are now accepting applications for candidates for the IRE Board of Directors. This year six of the board’s 13 seats are up for election.

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Meetup: Bay Area journalists to gather at UC-Berkeley this month

If you're a journalist in the Bay Area, we hope you’ll join us for a Meetup on Thursday, April 16. We’ll be gathering at the North Gate Hall Library on the UC-Berkeley campus starting at 6 pm. Drinks and snacks will be provided! Come share tips with future investigative reporters. 

As always, this event is open to members and non-members (this includes students from other campuses and freelancers).

Please RSVP on the Meetup page and, if you haven’t done so already, join the group.

IRE has member-organized Meetup groups in six cities. Learn more about them ...

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Announcing the 2014 IRE Awards

IRE is proud to announce the winners and finalists of the 2014 IRE Awards contest. 

"This year's entries show groundbreaking investigative journalism is being produced at all levels, from a small Oregon weekly to the nation's largest newspapers, non-profits and broadcasters,” said Ziva Branstetter, chair of the IRE Contest Committee. “The entries had impact in their communities and across the country, prompting campaign finance reforms, investigations and resignations as well as better care for veterans.

"The entries also show several important trends continue to grow,” Branstetter said. “Journalists are finding inventive ways to tell stories on multiple platforms ...

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Apply now for a Freelance Fellowship

IRE is once again offering fellowships for independent journalists who are working on investigative projects. And thanks to the generosity of IRE members and a donor who provided matching money, we're able to offer larger fellowships this year. 

First place will win $2,500; second place will get $1,500 and third place will get $1,000.

Applications are due by Friday, April 3. For more information on the fellowship and how to submit an application, visit our Fellowships & Scholarships page.

See past winners and read testimonials online.

IRE nomination call for most secretive government agency or individual

Investigative Reporters and Editors is now welcoming nominations for its third annual Golden Padlock award recognizing the most secretive government agency in the United States.

"Governments have elevated secrecy into a form of high art," said Robert Cribb, chair of the Golden Padlock committee. "We seek to honor those who have excelled in the practice of undermining the public’s right to know."

Nominations should be emailed to including the name of the government department or individual along with reasons and/or media coverage detailing the intransigence. Entries must be submitted to IRE by May 1.

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A special Sunshine Week videos series on the NSA files

This week is Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of open government and access to public information. To honor the occasion, we're unveiling a special video series on the NSA files.

We talked with James Ball, special projects editor at the Guardian, about reporting one of the most high-stakes stories in the last decade.

He discusses the delicate balance between moving quickly and getting the story right. He talks about Edward Snowden's skepticism that the media would be willing to publish the material, and about winning him over and earning more of the documents. The complexity and classified nature ...

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Deadlines approaching for free training programs

Looking to train yourself or your newsroom? We have several opportunities - many of them free - with March application deadlines. Tell us who you want to train, and we'll match you with a program.

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An entire newsroom

Total Newsroom Training is your opportunity to have intense, in-house investigative training -- for free. If your organization is hungry for customized investigative training and can't afford it, apply today. Spots are limited. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 22. Learn more about the program and application process.

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Free upgraded CartoDB accounts for IRE members

Today IRE is announcing a partnership with CartoDB to provide upgraded accounts free to IRE members, who can use CartoDB to analyze data and tell stories with interactive maps.

Upgraded accounts include features from CartoDB's paid accounts:

  • More space (about 100MB)
  • Private data tables and sync tables (for syncing external data sources that are updated at regular/irregular intervals)
  • 30% discount for any account upgrades

You must have an existing CartoDB account before requesting the free upgrade. Sign up for free here. To upgrade your account, email with the subject line: "CartoDB upgrade".

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Remembering Dori Maynard, champion of diversity in journalism

Listen to Dori Maynard speak at the 2014 IRE Conference

Dori J. Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and longtime champion of diversity in journalism and civic life, died Tues., Feb. 24. She was 56.

From the Maynard Institute:

Maynard advocated tirelessly for the future of the institute and its programs, reminding all that the work of bringing the diverse voices of America into news and public discourse is more vital than ever. Under her leadership, the Institute has trained some of the top journalists in the country and helped newsrooms tell more inclusive and ...

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