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IRE: Investigative Reporters and Editors

Monday, August 29th, 2011

IRE: Investigative Reporters and Editors

The IRE sponsors the census data that I pointed out at: Census.IRE.org.

From the about page:

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.

IRE was formed in 1975 to create a forum in which journalists throughout the world could help each other by sharing story ideas, news gathering techniques and news sources.

Mission Statement

The mission of Investigative Reporters and Editors is to foster excellence in investigative journalism, which is essential to a free society. We accomplish this by:

  • Providing training, resources and a community of support to investigative journalists.
  • Promoting high professional standards.
  • Protecting the rights of investigative journalists.
  • Ensuring the future of IRE.

They are a membership based organization and for $70 (US) per year, you get access to a number of data sets that have been collected by the organization or culled from public sources. Doesn’t hurt to check for sources of data before you go to the trouble of extracting it yourself.

The other reason to mention them is that news organizations seem to like finding connections between people, between people and fraudulent activities, people and sex workers, and other connections that are the bread and butter of topic maps. Particularly when topic maps are combined and new connections become apparent.

So, this is a place where topic maps, or at least the results of using topic maps (not the same thing), may find a friendly reception.

Suggestions of other likely places to pitch either topic maps or the results of using topic maps most welcome!