Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Students! Special deal on membership to investigative reporters group

If you are a student, an IRE membership is a steal @ $25. Even freeleancers like me can afford the $60 for pros. Join during the current drive and get extras.

Join IRE

Take advantage of the many benefits of joining IRE. Join online right now or print out our application form, fill it out and send it in. Look up investigative journalists throughout the world or across your state. Join mailing lists that allow you to share reporting techniques or just share your thoughts.

Who is eligible?

Click here to see our membership categories and fees.

Benefits of IRE Membership

Membership in IRE puts you in the company of the world's best reporters, editors and producers.
Membership includes:

■A subscription to The IRE Journal. The quarterly magazine is packed with features about recent print, online and broadcast investigations, stories on journalism techniques and issues, reviews of books and Web sites, updates on training opportunities and news on fellow members. International members view the Journal electronically, or pay an additional $20 per year for mailing. (Members can access current and past issues here)

■Quick Hits is a biweekly electronic newsletter containing information about IRE programs, reporting tips and updates on members' activities in between issues of The IRE Journal. Click here to subscribe.

■Waived access fee to the IRE Resource Center and its 23,250 archived investigative stories.

■Online access to more than 3,000 reporter tipsheets produced by leading journalists from around the world.

■Waived access fee to purchase databases from the IRE and NICAR Database Library.

■$20 discount on a subscription to Uplink, NICAR's bimonthly newsletter about computer-assisted reporting written by top reporters around the country about how they used CAR to develop some of their investigative stories. Uplink contains information on changes in government data-access policies, and the recent transition of government agencies to providing data online, rather than in print format.

■Free job seekers board where members can anonymously post their qualifications, describe the job they want and invite employers to contact them.

■Member-only conferences, seminars, workshops and boot camps designed to fit your training needs.

■Optional listing on the Web site's International Directory of Investigative Journalists. Qualified members can also be listed on the Directory of Project & Investigative Editors

■Discounts on tapes and books, such as The Reporter's Handbook, Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide and the IRE beat book series.

■Access to all members-only areas of the IRE Web site, plus access to all IRE Listservs.

■Connections to a network of more than 5,000 journalists dedicated to investigative reporting.

■Eligibility to enter the annual IRE Awards, the nation's top investigative journalism contest.

■IRE members-only discounts on GuideStar Premium (www.guidestar.org), providing full access to data on more than 1.5 million U.S. nonprofits.

■Discounts on geographic information systems software by ESRI

Mapping software: ESRI is offering ArcView single-use licenses at no charge to IRE members who agree to attend a GIS training event conducted by IRE and NICAR or ESRI. This offer is valid for U.S. members only. Purchasers must sign a three-year maintenance agreement with ESRI at a cost of $400 a year — with the first year’s fee waived. ArcView, the GIS program most widely used by journalists, lists for $1,500. During the maintenance agreement period purchasers will receive software upgrades and technical support from ESRI. To obtain this discount, IRE members must attend a qualifying training session within one year of entering the agreement with ESRI, which is based in Redlands, Calif. Qualifying sessions are IRE and NICAR’s Mapping Boot Camp and ESRI's online or classroom training.

IRE members in the U.S. can also purchase discounted extension programs, which expand the analytical capabilities of ArcView. The single-license cost for Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst and Geostatistical Analyst is $1,500 each. That is a 40 percent discount off the list price of $2,500 each. To obtain an order form, please contact John Green, membership services coordinator for IRE, at jgreen@ire.org or 573-882-2772.

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