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

Budget Proposal

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

Budget Proposal

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Organization plans additional services, events despite tight budgets for training, travel, data

IRE is looking forward to maintaining a steady and conservative budget in the coming year given the continuing cutbacks throughout the industry in training, travel, and purchases of databases and resource center materials.

At the same time, the proposed budget reflects no let-up in the services we provide or the overall number of seminars and conferences we plan to do. In fact, as we reach the end of this fiscal year (June 30, 2005) we have set a record number of 75 seminars and conferences in a 12-month period.

Fueling that number is a combination of grants and collaborations, particularly for our Better Watchdog Workshops that we co-organized with the Society of Professional Journalists.

These low-cost workshops have proven to be one of our most useful and popular programs because we get great volunteer speakers to go on the road with us and provide training to journalists at small- to medium-sized news organizations and in bureaus for larger news organizations.

These workshops also draw more members to IRE and get them interested in our other programs, creating a substantial ripple effect throughout our organization and its revenues.

As you can see in our budget, we expect our membership to stay basically the same because of the quality of programs and because many of our members pay for their own membership. We had hoped that membership would rise more substantially during the past year, but now we could consider ourselves fortunate that it stays in the 4,500 to 5,000 range.

In sales and services, we show a slight deficit that is covered by membership fees. We keep our fees affordable for our members and provide a robust Web site for our members and all journalists. Because we don't want to raise fees during a period of economic hardship for journalists, we rely on grants and other parts of our programs - such as conferences - to bolster these areas. …

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