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December 02, 2010

IRE webinar: Understanding, using new US Census data

Later this month the US Census will publish the first detailed demographic data at the neighborhood level since 2000—and Investigative Reporters and Editors is ready to help journalists interpret and apply this valuable data.

IRE is offering for download a 25-minute webinar on using the new American Community Survey data…

The American Community Survey gathers information every year from 2 million households. The December release will mark the first time that five-year ACS data will be available for census tracts and other places with fewer than 20,000 residents. Journalists will be able to examine dozens of topics at the neighborhood level, as well as for every US city, town, school district and county.

Topics include: household income, citizenship status, educational attainment, commuting, health insurance, ancestry, disability, mortgage payment, utility costs, military service and type of employer. Results can be tallied for any level of geography—as well as by gender, race, age and ethnicity.

The IRE webinar explores story ideas, explains the nuts-and-bolts of ACS, and simplifies the confusing data release schedules.

Download the webinar
$5 for IRE members, $10 for nonmembers.

April 12, 2011

Budget cuts slash federal government online transparency programs

Getting online information about the federal government probably may soon get much harder, thanks to budget cuts approved April 11 by Congress…

Daniel Schuman of the Sunlight Foundation reports that six project areas appear to be affected by the cuts: ” The electronic government fund will be cut to $8 million from the $34 million appropriated in FY2010—a reduction to on fourth of its previous funding. ...Some projects facing defunding include the information repository data.gov, the government-spending reporting site USASpending.gov, the recently-launched cloud computing initiative, citizen engagement tools, and online collaboration tools.

Transparency is taking a relatively hard hit in the new budget agreement. Schuman notes: “By comparison, other programs in the ‘financial services and government sector,’ which includes the e-gov fund, were cut by a (comparatively slight) 10% from their FY2010 levels.”

These cuts are likely to make several data-focused and investigative reporting projects difficult. If your work relies on the affected sites or programs, it’s probably wise to get as much done with those resources sooner rather than later, before these cuts take effect.

April 11, 2012

Center for Investigative Reporting: YouTube channel, Google event

Today the Center for Investigative Reporting announced it will launch an investigative news YouTube channel this summer. Also, tomorrow CIR is co-hosting an event bringing together investigative journalists and technologists…

According to CIR, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is providing $800,000 to support the new investigative news video channel on YouTube, which CIR will curate. It will launch in July.

Besides selecting videos to run on this channel, CIR also will train journalists in “audience engagement and other best practices for online video.”

The Investigative News Network will work with its member organizations to “leverage the channel to reach new audiences and increase the amount of earned revenue to subsidize their public-interest journalism.” CIR and INN will both promote this channel and engage users via social media and online chats.

TechRaking, April 12. This invitation-only one-day conference is being held at the “Googleplex” in Mountain View, Calif. It will “bring together technologists and muckrakers to form a more perfect union by exploring the problems and opportunities that lay before us.”

See the schedule. Topics include collaboration; money, politics and data; 15-minute interactives, and much more.

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