Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

Many Thanks - but Only Leaving IRE Job, Not IRE

Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

Many Thanks - but Only Leaving IRE Job, Not IRE

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During the past 13 years, many journalists have come and gone at the IRE offices.

With the skills they pick up here, staffers and students leave for new, challenging opportunities in newsrooms in which they thrive. But they never leave IRE behind.

They continue to teach for IRE at training events, enlist members, raise money and passionately support investigative journalism.

It's now time for me to follow their lead.

As many of you know, I will take a post this fall at the University of Illinois, where I will be the Knight Chair in Investigative & Enterprise Reporting. I will continue as acting director at IRE in a consulting role through December while the IRE searches for my successor.

After December, I look forward to collaborating closely with IRE on developing curricula for workshops and training - not only for small-to-medium size newsrooms but also for international journalists and for those working in ethnic media newsrooms in the U.S. I look forward to supporting IRE in whatever other ways I can.

IRE is my professional home. I have been a member for 28 years and, like many other members, can't imagine it not being part of my professional life. I first heard of IRE when I read the Arizona Project in 1977, and I joined in 1979 when it held an annual conference in Boston.

I had been working for a small daily outside Boston for almost three years. The first speaker I heard was Seymour Hersh, and, as always, he was inspiring. Panels on tips and techniques followed. At lunch, a recent Pultizer Prize-winning reporter took half an hour to give me guidance on how to do investigations at a small paper. Like many reporters after their first IRE conference, I left hooked forever.

In 1994 I came to the IRE offices as the managing director for the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, a joint program of IRE and the Missouri School of Journalism. …

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