Archives for March, 2014

Sunshine Week events in Washington

Posted: March 19, 2014 | Tags: FOIA, Freedom of Information, journalism

With snow still lining the streets and sidewalks of the greater Washington area, many of the region's residents are probably hoping that Thursday's start of spring brings with it a little long-awaited sunshine. 

The Investigative Reporting Workshop isn't in the business of making climatological promises. But we can say that there's a little more light beaming down on D.C. than usual as part of Sunshine Week — a national intiative sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press designed to foster a dialogue about freedom of information ...

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How to find stories on fraud

Posted: March 1, 2014 | Tags: journalism

A free workshop hosted by the Reynolds Center for Business Reporting offered plenty of tips for how reporters can better develop enterprise stories about corporate fraud.

The workshop on Feb. 26 preceded the four-day conference hosted by Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) in Baltimore.

 Workshop instructor Theo Francis, an investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, said that when developing stories, journalists should rely “on a mosaic” of documents.

 “You’re not going to find one thing that indicates fraud,” he said.

Regulatory filings by publicly traded companies like the 10-K, an annual ...

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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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