IRE 2013 JUNE 20-23 SAN ANTONIO
The IRE Conference offers an opportunity for in-depth, one-on-one coaching on investigative reporting. These private sessions allow attendees to seek advice on challenging stories or follow-up ideas.
IRE pairs those who signed up with a mentor, and contact information is provided to both mentors and those who want to be mentored. Mentors and mentees can then agree on a time and place to meet at the conference.
These sessions are not for job seekers; they are designed for teaching and sharing information. Mentees should bring examples of work and story ideas.(Note: IRE is unable to provide private access to ...Read more ...
If your panel is selected, you will be notified no later than mid-April. At that point, we will ask you to confirm your proposed speakers and provide more detail about the session. Since we are not able to accept every proposal, we do not recommend that you confirm each speaker in advance. It will not be possible to include every panel submitted in the program.
Because of the large number of speakers participating in the conference, IRE will not ...Read more ...
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.
Moreschi ...Read more ...
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 ...