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Cracking Corporate Corruption at Wal-Mart: San Antonio, IRE, June 21
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Cracking Corporate Corruption at Wal-Mart: San Antonio, IRE, June 21

By on May 14, 2013

Pulitzer winners David Barstow and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab headline this session at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference: Cracking Corporate Corruption at Wal-Mart. The duo’s investigation into corruption in the world’s biggest retailer won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

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IRE accepts applicants for its financial investigative journalism fellowship
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IRE accepts applicants for its financial investigative journalism fellowship

Investigative Reports and Editors is offering a fellowship for journalists with a demonstrated interest in financial investigative journalism. The David Dietz Fellowship, an award honoring David Dietz a longtime IRE member and supporter, covers conference registration fees and provides $750 for travel and lodging expenses. The fellow will also receive a yearlong IRE membership and [...]

Investigating Public Pensions: IRE, Boston, June 15
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Investigating Public Pensions: IRE, Boston, June 15

Craig Harris, who won two national awards for his investigation of public pensions for The Arizona Republic, will give you a road map for looking into public pensions in your state during a June 15 session at the IRE Conference in Boston. The session is sponsored by the Reynolds Center, which also honored Harris with its Gold Award in the 2011 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism for his pension series.

Photos from our Seattle CAR workshop
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Photos from our Seattle CAR workshop

We’re in Seattle this week at the University of Washington with Jaimi Dowdell, training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors for Be a Better Business Watchdog: CAR for Business Journalists. We will be doing the same free workshop with Jaimi in Cleveland on Nov. 8.

Database of 100,000 injuries, 13,500 deaths from consumer products available from IRE
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Database of 100,000 injuries, 13,500 deaths from consumer products available from IRE

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) is offering the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s injury and death database.

The 2006-2009 data includes records on more than 13,500 deaths, 100,000 injuries or potential injuries, and more than 17,000 in-depth investigations relating to consumer products.

IRE launches scholarship fund in memory of Bloomberg Markets journalist David Dietz
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IRE launches scholarship fund in memory of Bloomberg Markets journalist David Dietz

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) has created a scholarship fund in memory of David Dietz, a Bloomberg Markets reporter and former president of the organization.

Dietz, 70, died of cancer in early June. The David Dietz Fund will provide up to $1,000 each year to a promising business journalist or student to attend the national IRE Conference. IRE announced in an email that Bloomberg has donated $10,000 to the fund. That and other donations mean the fund is more than half way to a permanently endowed program.

Analyze local SBA disaster-loan recipients with IRE database
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Analyze local SBA disaster-loan recipients with IRE database

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) is offering a database of disaster loans made by the Small Business Administration (SBA) from fiscal 1980 to 2010. Journalists can use this database of 1.1 million records to find where SBA disaster loans went in their market or determine who is not paying back SBA disaster loans, according to IRE Training Director Jaimi Dowdell.

From athletics to art — fresh business-story ideas from the IRE Conference
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From athletics to art — fresh business-story ideas from the IRE Conference

ORLANDO — From college athletics to art museums to foreclosure and economic incentives, the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Conference provides a story-idea palooza. Here are some that you can try at home:

Tips from Pulitzer winners? Cover insurance for career advancement
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Tips from Pulitzer winners? Cover insurance for career advancement

ORLANDO — The word given to Dustin Hoffman’s character in “The Graduate” may have been “plastics,” but two Pulitzer Prize winners say “insurance.”

In separate sessions at the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, both Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times indicated that insurance is a good area of coverage in which to make a name for yourself as a journalist.

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