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IRE Conference audio available for download

Couldn't make it to all of the sessions on your IRE 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 IRE 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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Social media proves stronger than print during Ukraine protests

This post was originally published at Newsroom by the Bay

By Elijah Akhtarzad

The Investigative Reporters and Editors conference held at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco on June 27 included a first-hand account of the YanukovychLeaks discovery from journalists Olesya Ivanova and Denys Bigus. Both reporters were on the scene at Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s home immediately following his ouster from power and the discovery of thousands of hidden documents that were thrown into a nearby lake.

Ivanova and Bigus lived in Yanukovych’s home for more than seven days, reviving the wet documents that would reveal the ...

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VIDEO: Reporters offer tips for covering emerging communities

By Chhaya Nene

Minorities will account for more than a third of U.S. households by 2025, according to a recent study. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, of the Los Angeles Times; Momo Chang, independent journalist; and Ravi Kapur of WRJK-Chicago shared their best strategies for covering emerging communities on a deadline.

After the session, Hennessy, Chang, and Kapur shared their tips for verifying the authenticity of a source and navigating reporting challenges. Watch the video embedded on the right.

Tips from the session

Four ways to stand out from the competition:

  1. Flee you neighborhood/comfort zone and visit places you would never ...
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Reporting on inequality requires an eye for historical context, institutional injustice

By Laura Rena Murray

Sally Lehrman of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Venise Wagner of San Francisco State University discussed reporting tools and strategies to better cover institutional inequity. Wagner and Lehrman began the session with personal tales.

Lehrman’s great-grandfather moved to Colorado to be cured of tuberculosis in a sanitarium – prevailing anti-Semitism of his time blamed the disease on weak genetics. Wagner’s grandfather had worked as a repairman mechanic for U.S. Steel and watched white immigrant colleagues he trained ascend the ranks while he stayed trapped in a low-level position. Wagner said his story ...

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VIDEO: How to go undercover on a budget

By Chhaya Nene

These days the phrase “on a budget” applies to everyone, especially journalists.  At the 2014 IRE Conference, veteran journalists Anna Hewson of KUSA/9News Denver, Joe Ellis of KXAN-Austin, Bryan Staples of WTVF-Nashville, and Steve Eckert of KARE 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul shared their best-kept secrets for going undercover without blowing the newsroom budget.

After the session, Bryan Staples shared his tips on thrifty undercover reporting. Watch the video embedded on the right.

Here are a few tips from the session:

Must-have equipment:

  • Purse cameras ($10 at Goodwill)
  • Button cameras ($149)
  • Pinhole cameras (black and white camera ...
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Watchdog on campus: Tips for investigating college sports

By Trisity Miller

Where there’s a college, there’s a story.

That was the theme of “Campus coverage: College sports,” a panel featuring Paula Lavigne, Jodi Upton, Jill Riepenhoff, and Brad Wolverton.

In recent years there have been several major stories involving college campuses, from the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State to the recent Jameis Winston rape allegations at Florida State. But wherever there are student athletes, panelists said, there are stories.

“Athletes at all schools have a particular talent of getting arrested,” said Paula Lavigne, an investigative and computer-assisted reporter at ESPN.

Lavigne cited several different locations ...

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How to measure mental health care in your community

By Emily Burns

Friday’s panel on mental health care reporting began with a video clip of the 60 Minutes episode, “Nowhere To Go.” The episode focused on mental health care for young people and featured an interview with Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, who was stabbed by his mentally ill son, Austin, who also took his own life. The day before the stabbing, Austin had gone to a hospital for mental health care, but was not admitted due to a shortage of beds.

Two producers of the episode, Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados, were on the panel ...

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Insider tips for maximizing your investigative power with Google

By Danielle Kirsh

There are many Google tricks and methods that can make research much easier. Daniel Russell studies the way people search using Google. He offered a few tips for people who want to get the most out of their Google searches.

 

Search by image

Search by image is a tool that allows you to search using a picture. Google will process that image and give you image results similar to your query. However, sometimes a picture is too ambiguous. To get more accurate results in an image search you have to include key terms along with the image ...

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How to build trust and get reluctant sources to talk

By Laura Rena Murray

Ellen Gabler of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tony Kovaleski of NBC Bay Area, Ellen Weiss of Scripps Washington Bureau and documentary producer Andrés Cediel discussed cautionary steps to consider when identifying sources and offered advice on getting reluctant sources to speak at the IRE Conference in San Francisco.

Key recommendations for locating trustworthy sources included understanding their motives for speaking, identifying potential roadblocks to understand their hesitation, doing a criminal background check and using mutual contacts to build credibility.

Kovaleski stressed the importance of making sure reluctant sources understand the risks. “I like my job ...

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