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Story Shorts highlights lessons from VA investigation

We’re back with another round of Story Shorts, our new video series highlighting investigative reporting tips and techniques. This week we’re going behind the story with CNBC’s Dina Gusovsky and Jeff Pohlman and highlighting lessons from their series "Death & Dishonor: Crisis at the VA".

We’ll be releasing a new video every day this week at 6 p.m. Central. The CNBC team will talk about how to work with anonymous sources, find and vet documents, and identify any potential hidden agendas.

Visit the Story Shorts page to see each new clip as well as our previous ...

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New video series highlights reporting tips, techniques

This week we launched Story Shorts, a new series of web videos designed to help journalists share tips and techniques they’ve used on a variety of investigative stories. We’ve paired the minute-long videos with related resources (tipsheets, stories, webinars and audio) curated by IRE staff. We’ve even made a few of our tipsheets free for a limited time.

Our first set of clips features KSHB reporter Ryan Kath, who filmed a “Behind the Story” video for us earlier this year. Kath’s series, “Trail of Dirty Deeds,” exposed a widespread real estate fraud scheme and was a ...

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Behind the Story: How Kent State tracked student athletes missing class

By Karl Idsvoog, Kent State University

How do you get into college if you can only read at a grade-school level? Last January, CNN’s Sara Ganim answered that question in a powerful piece of reporting. In a few short sentences Sara personalized the reality of college athletics at the University of North Carolina as she told the story of learning specialist Mary Willingham. Sara writes: 

"Early in her career as a learning specialist, Mary Willingham was in her office when a basketball player at the University of North Carolina walked in looking for help with his classwork. He couldn ...

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Behind the Story: How KATC exposed problems with early animal euthanasia in Louisiana

Video by KATC-Lafayette

You don’t need to work in a large newsroom to pull off an investigative story with impact. Earlier this year KATC-Lafayette’s Tina Macias and Allison Bourne-Vanneck revealed that in 2013 a Louisiana animal shelter euthanized a quarter of the dogs that passed through its doors in less than four days – the hold time stipulated by the parish’s animal control ordinance.

Macias, an investigative producer, used public records requests to track down documents on intakes and euthanasia drugs. When the shelter tried to charge the station thousands of dollars, Macias looked up the law and ...

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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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Behind the Story: How KSHB-Kansas City uncovered a trail of dirty deeds

Video by Ryan Kath and John Woods, KSHB

KSHB-Kansas City’s year-long investigation into a widespread real estate fraud scheme started simple – with a tip from an observant neighbor.

But when reporter Ryan Kath started looking into the housing documents, he spotted a bigger problem. Someone had been stealing homes by forging signature of both the living and the dead. Often, Kath found, the homeowners had no idea.

It’s a crime that’s “shockingly easy,” and little oversight was in place to keep it from happening. The dirty deeds forced victims to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees ...

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Learn how to use genealogy records with IRE's new webinar

Paul Parker of the Providence Journal walks through how to use online genealogy records and ancestry databases to profile subjects and verify stories in this 20-minute webinar.

Learn how to use popular genealogy websites like Ancestry.com as well as lesser-known sites such as cyndislist.com.

So how do you use this stuff? Parker explains how he used online records for his front-page story “A letter from England.”

"I See Dead People: Online genealogical records for journalists" is the latest in a series of webinars from IRE. You can view them all at ire.org/webinars.


IRE members honored with Peabody Awards

Several members of Investigative Reporters and Editors were named 2013 Peabody Award winners. To learn more about the awards, click here.


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Shooting your own video with a smart phone

By Riley Stephens

Steve Elfers of USA Today shows IRE 2013 attendees how to shoot their own video with an iPhone. Photos: Travis Hartman.

Steve Elfers of USA Today said newsrooms are encouraging journalists to have smart phones on hand and to use them for covering news in the absence of designated video and photo journalists.

Using a smartphone is a great way for journalists to get ahead of the competition in breaking news situations because of its instant-publishing capabilities. Shooting your own video can also enhance a non-broadcast investigative story.

He says the iPhone shoots in high-definition resolution and ...

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La Nacion efforts bring open data to Argentina

After taking an introductory data journalism course, a small group in Argentina set out to transform the way data journalism was done in their country, a country where data was barely updated, let alone public. They fought for open data and analyze it in the public interest. The result of their efforts is La Nacion Data, and you can see their data-driven journalism here. At O'Reilly's Strata Conference this year, they presented the inspiring video below on their efforts.