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Start planning for the 2014 IRE Conference in San Francisco

The IRE Conference in San Francisco is only a few months away. Here are a few things to consider as you make your travel plans:


Expected Speakers and Sessions

The best in the business will gather for panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats. Still on the fence? Check out our lists of expected speakers and sessions. More names and titles will be added as the conference approaches.



Baseball Tickets

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Help us plan the 2014 IRE Conference

IRE is looking to you for input on sessions for the upcoming IRE Conference, June 26-29, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

Proposals for sessions will be accepted from Jan. 27-Feb. 21, 2014. It will not be possible to include every panel submitted in the program. 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. 

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Enter your best work into the IRE Awards contest


Did you do some great investigative reporting in 2013? Then you should consider entering your best work into the IRE Awards. Among the most prestigious in journalism, the IRE Awards recognize outstanding investigative reporting across all media (Broadcast/Video, Radio/Audio, Print/Online, Books, Multimedia and some categories with a cash prize). Eligible entries must have been published or aired between January 1 and December 31, 2013. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2014.

For details on how to enter, go here. To view past winners, go here.

Alfred Friendly Fellow falls in love with Excel during IRE training

By Mugambi Mutegi

Editor's note: in July, IRE hosted the 2013 class of Alfred Friendly Fellows for training in training in computer-assisted and investigative reporting, covering Excel spreadsheets and more. One of the fellows, Mugambi Mutegi, wrote about his experience using Excel for the Alfred Friendly Press Partners, republished below.

In the short time I have been alive, I had not until recently come across anybody who, upon using MS Excel for the first time, instantly fell in love with the program.

I’m sure such people exist, but I can hazard that they do not exceed six – worldwide ...

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Toronto Star blogs at the 2013 IRE Conference

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:

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ESPN enterprise team leads sports investigation discussion at IRE 2013

T.J. Quinn leads discussion on “Performance Enhancing Drugs” as Michael Fish looks on. Photo: Travis Hartman.

T.J. Quinn, Michael Fish, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steven Fainaru of ESPN's enterprise team led panels at the IRE Conference on investigating crucial sports issues such as concussions and performance-enhancing drugs.

ESPN's Front Row section has a writeup on the conference, including thoughts on the sports-centered sessions and other sessions as well, including better uses of Google and getting skeptical sources to talk. You can see ESPN's writeup here.

IRE Conference schedule changes as of Wednesday

Below are changes made to the IRE Conference schedule as of Wednesday. For the most up-to-date schedule and description information, be sure to visit the conference page or download the conference app.


Speaker change: Inspect This | 11:20 a.m. in Salon J
James Drew, The Dallas Morning News, replaces Tom Frank, USA TODAY, on this panel

Title and time change:  INN & Public Media changed to INN Training: Maintaining independence: How the new nonprofit newsrooms can thrive in a time of partnerships, mergers and acquisitions
This session is now from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Salon K ...

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Deadline today to pre-register for IRE Conference

The deadline is today at 7 p.m. CT to get the early registration rate for the 2013 IRE Conference. Join us from June 20-23 in San Antonio, and you'll find panels full of this year's Pulitzer and IRE award winners, new tools for investigative journalism, tips for investigating on your beat and much more. Early registration ends on June 5. You can also register on site, but the rate goes up.

Dozens of this year's major award winners will speak at the conference, including several Pulitzer Prize winners, duPont winners and IRE Medal winners:

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Don't miss at IRE 2013: Connect with a book agent

Meet with a book agent at this year's IRE Conference in San Antonio. Learn how to pitch your material and meet with a book agent to share your work during the designated time slot. What else shouldn't you miss at IRE 2013? The list is long. Check it out ...

Post-CAR Conference sale in NICAR data library

Fresh out of CAR 2013 and itching for data to work with? The NICAR database libarary is offering discounts on popular federal databases to help you get started. The data library updates databases on a variety of topics. You can explore our data by searching for a specific database, or looking for data by topic or by agency.

Here are the databases we're offering at a discount:

$50 for SBA disaster loan data
Recently updated to include Hurricane Sandy! Track money provided to businesses and homeowners for disaster losses. A large database with more than a million records and ...

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