IRE 2013 JUNE 20-23 SAN ANTONIO
The Obama administration’s war on leaks didn’t start with Edward Snowden ...Read more ...
By Perla Arellano
In areas such as Mexico and parts of the Middle East, many journalists have died in their role as watchdogs.
At the recent IRE Conference in San Antonio, the session “Reporting amid danger: When journalist are targeted and newsrooms are infiltrated” included Tim Johnson from McClatchy Newspapers, Gaston Monge Estrada from El Universal, Rana Sabbagh from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, and Andrew Donohue from The Center of Investigative Reporting as moderator.
Many journalists have died because of their work in Mexico after reporting on drug gangs and crime, and many times officers write it off as ...Read more ...
By Perla Arellano and Erin Griffin
Pia Malbran of CBS News, David Corn from Mother Jones and Angie Moreschi from James Hoyer Law Firm discussed the relationship between journalists and whistleblowers and offered advice for protecting sources at the recent IRE Conference in San Antonio.
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By Kathryn Sharkey
It’s a word mentioned over and over at the IRE Conference, whether you’re at a specific panel on the subject or not: data.
This is my first time attending an IRE conference and I already knew that data can add real power to a story, which is why I made sure to attend the Tableau software hands-on training for better ideas and skills on what to with ...Read more ...
By Erin Griffin
At the recent IRE Conference in San Antonio, Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Michael Isikoff of NBC shared some tips on how to get skeptical sources to talk with you. Below are some of their suggestions:
- Try to understand why they are reluctant.
- Throw out some information that they might feel the need to correct.
- Tell them it might be in their self interest to help you.
- Establish trust and ask them why they think this story would be important.
- Set your interview up like a conversation, share with them personal information about yourself ...
By Zachary Matson
Each year local and state governments provide private companies with billions of dollars of tax credits, subsidies and other forms of incentives to mover or open new facilities in their communities. These deals are shrouded behind layers of quasi-public agencies, weak disclosure rules and secretive businesses, but rarely the economic benefits turn out as originally billed.
IRE board president and columnist David Cay Johnston and Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First provided insights into exploring these deals and their true costs to the public on a panel at the recent IRE Conference in San Antonio.
Johnston said ...Read more ...
By Syed Tawseef Ali
The web is not a desktop -- it is an interweave of phones, tablets, TV’s, laptops and desktops of every shape and size. Accessibility of the content is an important factor.
During a panel entiled "Demystifying mobile for investigations" at the recent IRE Conference in San Antonio, experts in web design and content presentation from the Knight Lab, The Indianapolis Star and The Wall Street Journal explained how mobile applications and responsive web design are changing the way stories are told.
The ability of a reader to access the information at any time and given situation ...Read more ...
As Mexican journalists become war reporters in their own country, Mexican journalist Marcela Turati of Proceso makes a plea to the investigative reporting community. Regions of Mexico are zones of silence. Citizens die every day, journalists report what they're told by the cartels or they are killed or disappear inthe middle of the day or night.
"These are your colleagues, our colleagues, members of our family of investigative reporters. I want to ask you that you do ...Read more ...
Gannett sent a stable of journalists to the IRE Conference last week in San Antonio and put many of them to work blogging about reporting tips, tools and ongoing issues in investigative reporting like the situation for journalists in Mexico.
Gannett reporters posted writeups about sessions, links to helpful tools and and documents and data online, as well as photos and videos taken at the conference. Here's a few snapshots from their blog:
- Coordinating an investigative team
Managers must set expectations and hold employees accountable for their work, but must also be human. Read more ...
- Hidden Cameras
Friday afternoon ...
IRE board member and Toronto Star investigative reporter Robert Cribb blogged for The Star throughout the 2013 IRE Conference, covering a wide range of topics from panels on international investigations and the state of journalism overseas to helpful mobile phone applications. You can check out his blogs at The Star's "The World Daily" section:
- When journalism is a "suicide mission"
Practicing journalism in Mexico and much of the Arab world can be a “suicide mission,” a panel of reporters explained Friday with chilling accounts of murder, intimidation, surveillance and censorship. Read more ...
- Watching the Watchdogs
Recent revelations that U ...