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

IRE-Mexico News

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

IRE-Mexico News

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Meanwhile, Lise Olsen has finished her twoyear stint as director of IRE-Mexico in Mexico City and is taking a job as computer-assisted reporting specialist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

With the help of assistant director Pedro Enrique Armendares Lise began the operations of IRE-Mexico (also known as Periodistas de Investigacion) in the summer of 1996. Pedro will become director with the departure of Lise.

Lise has done a terrific job of organizing a network of Mexican journalists and of promoting investigative and computer-assisted reporting. Her hard work and determination ensured that the project got off the ground and became such a success. The three-year project is financed by a grant from the Robert M. McCormick Foundation. It is aimed at creating a nationwide organization - modeled after IRE - of investigative journalists.

"When Periodistas de Investigacion began, the members all lived in Mexico City and could meet for an intimate dinner at a table for eight," Lise recalled. Since then the organization has grown to nearly 200 members that includes representatives from 16 states in Mexico and stretches from Arizona to Argentina.

The organization publishes a newsletter - La Red - every two months and offers conferences and workshops throughout Latin America and South America.

The organization has given computer-assisted reporting and investigative reporting workshops (in Spanish and with Latin American exercises and examples of reporting) to hundreds of journalists throughout Mexico, as well as in Puerto Rico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Panama. …

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