The Mid-America Press Institute, a newsroom training association approaching its fifth decade, has relocated to Champaign, Illinois, and is now under new management.
The move was finalized August 1.
The Mid-America Press Institute, a nonprofit offering low-cost training to mid-career journalists, built its membership from newspapers across the Midwest and had been located at Eastern Illinois University since 1994.
Management of MPI is overseen by part-time co-directors, Brant Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois, and Pam Dempsey, the executive director of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, an online, nonprofit newsroom covering agribusiness and related issues.
Four years ago an experienced investigative journalist (the author), and a small, re¬spected weekly magazine in The Netherlands, started a program for training young journalists called The Investiga¬tive Teaching Lab, which was subsequently em¬bedded in a new non-profit organisation for investigative journalism called De Onder¬zoeksre¬dactie (The In¬vestigative Desk).
ByMarcelo Träsel/Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil |
The article presents the partial results of over 50 hours of non-participant observation of the routines of the first team of data -driven journalism ( JGD ) formed in the Brazilian press : journalists and programmers responsible for publishing Estadão data, from the newspaper O Estado de São Paul . The observations are complemented by interviews with team members and by document analysis , following the suggestion of Singer (2011 ), for an ethnographic approach including a triangulation of information sources. The focus of the material collected is based on identity, cultural and biographical factors that led these journalists to learn the techniques of JGD and act professionally in this specialty.