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Why you should attend NICAR next year

Posted: March 22, 2016 | Tags: Investigative Reporters and Editors

Several Workshop staffers, including Executive Editor Charles Lewis, recently attended the annual conference devoted to computer-assisted reporting, which was held this year in Denver.

What they discovered at the conference run by NICAR, the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, and IRE, Investigative Reporters & Editors:

“CharlesLewis”

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Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis, executive editor 

The CAR 2016 conference in Denver was extraordinary for me, on a few levels.

Sentimentally, I thought back to the very first computer-assisted reporting conference in the United States, held in Indianapolis by Indiana University School of Journalism professor Jim Brown.

Having attended that, and now ...

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Stats class resumes in 2016

Posted: June 29, 2015 | Tags: Investigative Reporters and Editors

The advanced statistics workshop run by IRE each spring, and last year hosted by the Investigative Reporting Workshop here in Washington, has been canceled this year but will be rescheduled for May 2016 at American University, home of the Workshop offices. 

It will again be taught by Jennifer LaFleur, senior editor for data journalism at The Center for Investigative Reporting, and David Donald, formerly data editor for The Center for Public Integrity and now data editor at the Workshop.

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Learning how to make the most of our data at NICAR

Posted: March 1, 2014 | Tags: campaign finance, Federal Election Commission, Investigative Reporters and Editors, journalism, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, NICAR, reporting, Workshop news

Reporters are increasingly using data to find stories. At NICAR's annual conference, where 1,000 journalists are gathering in Baltimore this year, reporters, editors, programmers and datavisualization experts are sharing best practices for acquiring databases or building their own. 

A session on Federal Election Campaign (FEC) data, led by Aaron Bycoffe, Jack Gillum, and Chris Schnaars, focused on how to gain access to the publicly available but highly obfuscated records that show who donated what to political campaigns. The speakers said just 150 people accounted for $810 billion worth of donations to Super PACs in the 2012 presidential race ...

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Leaks, leakers and government scrutiny

Posted: June 24, 2013 | Tags: Investigative Reporters and Editors

Organizers of the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ annual national conference could not have anticipated that a whistleblower named Edward Snowden would reveal information about two secret National Security Agency (NSA) programs just before this year’s conference in San Antonio last week. But panel discussions on what journalists covering such stories would have to deal with were on the schedule: protecting sources, reporting on extensive government surveillance and keeping newsrooms safe from federal authorities seeking to ...

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Identifying the next big investigation

Posted: June 25, 2012 | Tags: interns, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Public Insight Network

We all know of stories too big for one reporter to tackle; you need an entire team. Lately, we’re seeing stories even bigger, produced by two or more teams from different newsrooms. Now, imagine a story so big that virtually every newsroom in the country could play a part, and any audience member could contribute as a source.

Some journalists are still getting used to crowdsourcing or co-production as these collaborative techniques forge new ground in newsrooms. Others are dreaming up ways to push the envelope of collaboration itself. Such was the case at the Investigative Reporters and Editors ...

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NICAR Conference: Focus on products, tools, utilities

Posted: Feb. 27, 2012 | Tags: Investigative Reporters and Editors, Matt Waite, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting

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Last year, after the annual National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting conference, I suggested that a new group of “journalysts” is transforming the practice of journalism. Many of them come, at least indirectly, from training or experience in computer science.

Last week, when NICARIANs gathered again in St. Louis, yet another iteration of the field was on display: A new focus on products and tools, even if they aren’t directly related to the “journalism” of a news organization.

One clear example of this was a presentation by Ryan Pitts, manager of online operations at the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review, who ...

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Welcome to the new field of “journalitics”

Posted: March 1, 2011 | Tags: Institute for Analytic Journalism, Investigative Reporters and Editors, journalitics, journalysts, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, NICAR, Phil Meyer, Precision Journalism, Steve Doig, Tom Johnson

I spent last week, along with more than 400 others, attending the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in Raleigh, N.C. It was an invigorating and exciting time – the largest CAR conference in about a decade. 

And I came away convinced that we are seeing the emergence of a new field, which I am going to call “journalitics,” that is, the combination of journalism with analytical tools. Those who practice it are not merely “journalists,” but rather, “journalysts.” And these new practitioners were on full display at the NICAR conference. They bring not just new skills, but also new ...

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Tools & tips for investigative reporting

Posted: June 14, 2010 | Tags: computer-assisted reporting, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Matt Waite

Several staffers at the Workshop attended the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Las Vegas last week, and as always, it was highly instructive.

I'm going to take a look at the free online tools I learned about, some of which will help me do things I've been trying to do for months.

Free, online file conversion - Chase Davis of California Watch shared two sites. First is Zamzar.com, which can take PDFs to Excel (or many of them, at least), and converts my nemesis, docx, into plain old doc. If that doesn't work, you can try ...

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The do's and don'ts of fundraising

Posted: June 11, 2010 | Tags: Ethics and Excellence in Journalism, Investigative Reporters and Editors

From July 2007 to June 2008 the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation awarded nearly $4.5 million in grants to non-profit journalism organizations.

In the past three years, the Okalahoma-based foundation has handed out grants to more than 100 journalism groups.

With that kind of track record, people listen when they talk about the right way to ask for money. This week at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Las Vegas, Sue Hale, a media consultant for the foundation, passed out "The do’s and don’ts of fundraising.”

Here they are:

Do’s:
•    Research the rules listed ...

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