Detroit officials win 2020 IRE Golden Padlock Award

Investigative Reporters and Editors has named the City of Detroit and Mayor Mike Duggan as the winner of its annual Golden Padlock Award, which recognizes the most secretive U.S. agency or individual. Detroit was selected for this national honor for its handling of a Detroit Free Press public information request and for ordering the destruction…

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FAQ: How to log in and join the #IRE20 conference

Welcome to the virtual #IRE20 conference! If you’ve already registered, here’s what you need to know to access the conference.  (If you still need to register, you can do that online and then follow the instructions below)   Getting started & accessing the virtual conference software The IRE20 virtual conference is online at ire20.pathable.co. We…

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IRE receives endowed gift to train college journalism students of color

An endowed gift to IRE from television journalist Rick Gevers and his wife, Karen Burns, will fund investigative journalism training for college students of color. With the gift, IRE has established the Rick Gevers-Karen Burns Diversity Fund for College Journalists. Income from the fund will provide IRE training, resources and support annually at Historically Black…

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Apply for the IRE Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship

We’re looking for IRE’s next Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellows! This yearlong program is designed to support diversity in investigative journalism. The 2021 fellowship is open to U.S journalists of color with at least three years of post-college work experience. Applicants currently working in a newsroom must receive the support of their employer; freelancers…

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Apply now to participate in the #IRE20 conference mentor program

IRE is now accepting applications for our popular conference mentoring program. If you plan to attend the IRE 2020 virtual conference and you’re looking for a mentor — or you’d like to volunteer to be a mentor — please click here to sign up. This year’s program, being online, will look a little different. But…

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New NICAR Course lessons coming for fall 2020 semester

IRE’s popular NICAR Course Packs will be fully updated for the latest versions of Excel on PC and Mac, plus a new Google Sheets edition, for use in fall 2020 classes. NICAR Course Packs contain everything instructors need to teach an introductory data journalism class in spreadsheets. Materials for students include hands-on exercises, more than…

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Nine journalists receive IRE fellowships

IRE recently awarded six fellowships to educators of color to IRE’s first Online Data Bootcamp for Educators and three fellowships to educators of color to IRE’s first in-person Data Bootcamp for Educators in January at the University of Arizona, thanks to the generosity of the Lumina Foundation and the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse…

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Register in July for special $175 rate for IRE 2020 virtual conference

Registration is open for IRE’s virtual 2020 national conference, which will feature keynote speaker Ronan Farrow and more than 100 sessions, including numerous opportunities for networking and socializing during the Sept. 21-25 event. Register by the end of July to secure the early-bird rate of $175 for professionals. Registration rises to $200 in August and…

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Don Bolles Medal recognizes four journalists targeted by extremist groups

Four journalists, targeted by extremist groups in retaliation for their reporting, are recipients of the 2020 Don Bolles Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors for their courageous commitment to exposing the truth about this element of American society. The Don Bolles Medal recognizes investigative journalists who have exhibited extraordinary courage in standing up against intimidation…

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