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How to use inspection data to drive your stories

Joce Sterman of WMAR-Baltimore and Michael Pell of Reuters explain where reporters can find inspection data and how they can incorporate it into investigative pieces.

Where do you find inspection data? Pell suggested reporters check the following organizations:

Sterman said one of the first hurdles for a journalist to overcome is the expense of gathering data. She suggested reporters haggle to bring down copy costs. And maybe invest in a scanner. 

 

 

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Inside the IRE Awards: Deadly Delays

This week on IRE Radio we’ll be taking you inside the 2013 IRE Awards with audio from some of the reporters, editors and producers who worked on prize-winning stories. View the complete list of winners here.

Deadly Delays

"Deadly Delays" exposed processing delays that put newborn lives at risk. Ellen Gabler is the reporter and assistant editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative team. Hear how the team fought for and analyzed data that helped change the screening process in multiple states.

Gabler described the screening process and its importance to a newborn's health. The team found thousands ...
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AUDIO: Using data to cover hazmat pollution

Journalists Denise Malan, Ben Poston and Tim Wheeler all used data to create stories on hazardous materials and the environment. The three discussed state and national databases that track pollution and hazardous waste at the NICAR Conference in Baltimore.

NICAR offers a hazardous waste database. Malan described how to use it and what kinds of data reporters can find.


She also gave examples of stories that were created from the dataset:

Iowa Watch: Little Information Exists About Hazardous Materials Traveling Across Iowa 

MinnPost: Visualizing hazmat incidents in Minnesota  

Public Source: PA fifth in the nation in hazardous spills  

 

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2014 CAR Conference audio available online

Couldn't make it to all of the sessions on your NICAR Conference wish list? We've got audio from nearly every panel and session. Full-length recordings are only available to IRE members. Some short audio clips will be made available to the public using Soundcloud.

To access conference audio, log in to IRE website and go to the CAR Conference schedule page. Find the session you'd like to listen to and click through to the landing page. If you don't remember the name or date of the session, try using the speakers page to look up a ...

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FERPA Frustrations: How to outmaneuver university officials to get the info you need

By Donovan Harrell

Three journalists offered advice to students struggling with public records requests during a brown bag session at the 2014 CAR Conference.

Student attendees talked about attempts to outmaneuver their respective universities, which had been denying public records requests using laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

“FERPA has become the thought police,” said Jill Riepenhoff, a projects reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. “If they think they know what you’re after, they can deny it because they think that would somehow lead ...

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#NICAR14 in sketches

If you're following Emily DeMarco (@eademarco), of PublicSource, on Twitter, you know she sketched her way through the 2014 CAR Conference. We turned her visual depiction of #NICAR14 into a Storify.

Here are a few of our favorite cartoons:

 

 

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Inside the global offshore money maze

By Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

You can search for companies and individuals in your area who are hiding assets offshore with a database maintained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Members of the team walked the audience through their project on offshore tax havens at the Saturday session, "Inside the global offshore money maze."
When the organization was leaked data about offshore service providers, journalists initially didn't know where to start looking, said ICIJ journalist Mar Cabra. A variety of tools allowed the consortium to distribute data and documents to journalists in countries around the world and search the dump ...
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