Jamie Self

A fellowship from the Fund for Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting allowed me to spend six days in August 2012 at an Investigative Reporters and Editors boot camp. That training gave me the confidence to ask for complicated data and analyze it to show readers the impact of public policy without having to rely on the interpretations offered up by government employees or politicians. I was the politics and York County beat reporter for The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C., a small newsroom with a wat...
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Hillary Borrud

When I received a Rural Computer Assisted Reporting fellowship, I was the city hall reporter for The Bulletin daily newspaper in the small central Oregon city of Bend. The fellowship allowed me to attendthe Investigative Reporters and Editors CAR bootcamp in January 2013 during a challenging financial time for the newspaper. After the editor in chief learned that I received the R-CAR fellowship, he agreed to cover my travel cost. With the skills I learned at the bootcamp, I don’t have to ta...
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Rajah Maples

The R-CAR fellowship for the Investigative Reporters and Editors boot camp helped shape me into a more well-rounded investigative reporter. Working in a rural area can be a challenge because some public officials have the power to sweep important details "under the rug." Mark Horvit and the Investigative Reporters & Editors team have increased my confidence in digging for data and for more information to answer important questions. I am so grateful to the creator of the R-CAR award and am us...
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