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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Remembering Austin Kiplinger

Knight Kiplinger, left, and his father, Austin. The portrait behind them is W. M. "Kip" Kiplinger.

Knight Kiplinger, left, and his father, Austin. The portrait behind them is W. M. “Kip” Kiplinger.

Austin Kiplinger, a journalist and businessman who helped pioneer personal finance journalism and founded the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, has died. He was 97.

Together with his father, W. M. Kiplinger, he launched the magazine now called Kiplinger Personal Finance, which since 1947 has helped translate for everyday people the particulars of mortgage loans, insurance policies and wise investment.

He founded the Kiplinger Program at Ohio State University in 1974 to honor his father’s legacy.

“Through his generosity and vision, Austin Kiplinger and his family have helped thousands of journalists sharpen their skills to improve their reporting,” Kiplinger Program director Doug Haddix said. “His legacy llves on through reporters, editors and producers all across the country who have benefited from Kiplinger Program training. He will be deeply missed.”

A self-described “newspaperman,” Kiplinger worked at Kiplinger Washington Editors well into his 90s, hammering away each day on his Underwood typewriter at the 13th Street office.

“I’m the only one around this office who can still use a typewriter, by the way,” he told an interviewer in 2010. “I can go about as fast as anybody can on a keyboard.”

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Journalists seek police body-cam videos

A year ago Adam Marshall submitted the first-ever records request for body camera video to Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. It was in the wake of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, but before the shooting death by police of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and months before Freddie Gray died of spinal injuries in Baltimore police custody.

“I’m still waiting on the results of that request,” said Marshall, an attorney for Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, speaking at the Ohio Law and Media Conference in Columbus last month.

Accessing footage of body-worn cameras — the latest technological bandage applied to the complex issue of hemorrhaging race relations in America — poses particular headaches for journalists.

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Social media workshop set for Seattle

Ramp up your social media reporting skills with Kiplinger Program training during an Investigative Reporters and Editors workshop Nov. 14-15 in Seattle.


Kiplinger director Doug Haddix

On Nov. 14, Kiplinger Program director Doug Haddix will present “The Web for investigations.” The presentation will feature advanced online search techniques, as well as links to find documents and databases on deadline. Haddix also will show how to use social media to find experts, witnesses during breaking news and people affected by trends.

Other speakers at the workshop include Ken Armstrong, The Marshall Project; Caley Cook, University of Washington; Jaimi Dowdell, IRE; Susannah Frame, KING5-Seattle; Nigel Jaquiss, Willamette Week; Martha Kang; Tableau Software; Tony Kovaleski, NBC Bay Area; Kate Martin, The News Tribune; Justin Mayo, Seattle Times; and Robert McClure, InvestigateWest.

They will tackle topics including interview tactics, developing an investigative mindset, data reporting and public records.

On Nov. 15, Haddix will lead a three-hour social media deep dive. That workshop will focus on Twitter Tricks and Analytics; Reporting and Tracking with Storify; and Crowdsourcing with Google Forms. Class size is limited, so register early to reserve a seat.

For information and to register, please visit the IRE Seattle Watchdog Workshop page online.


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