R-CAR: The Fund for Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting

By DANIEL GILBERT of The Wall Street Journal:   The idea for this fund began with an obscure government board and $23 million that had largely escaped scrutiny for 20 years. Lax oversight by understaffed agencies is not peculiar to any state or community. But as the reach of metropolitan news organizations continues to shrink, the watchdog role in rural areas increasingly falls to the small newspaper, television station and website that lacks critical resources and training. As a repor...
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Kate Martin

Kate Martin (right) of the Skagit Valley Herald, in Mt. Vernon, Wash., was the inaugural recipient of the Fund for Rural Computer Assisted Reporting fellowship. She attended the Investigative Reporters and Editors' six-day boot camp in March of 2011. Below is her testimony. Though the Skagit Valley Herald is a rural newspaper, our readers expect top-notch reporting on local issues. The Fund for Rural Computer Assisted Reporting allowed me to attend the six-day boot camp by Investigative Repor...
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Small Newsrooms, Big Stories

This fund is for journalists who cover a lot of territory with limited resources. It has one main purpose: To help unearth important stories that otherwise won’t get told. R-CAR fellows spend five days learning how to build and query databases at Investigative Reporters & Editors Inc. in Columbia, Mo. They emerge with the tools to convert spreadsheets into sources. Fellows are chosen based on their journalistic ability, motivation, and ideas to pursue stories of consequence for their communi...
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Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting workshop conveys critical skills; fellowship available to full-scale CAR Boot Camp

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Twelve journalists from five states and Washington, D.C., learned computer-assisted reporting or honed their basic CAR skills at a workshop at the University of Kentucky, sponsored by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and Investigative Reporters and Editors. This was the second Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting Investigate Mini-Boot Camp funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation; the first was held at East Tennessee State University. For a short video abo...
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