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Herald & Review staff members John Reidy and Allison Petty talk with readers at an open house in the office on Feb. 1.

DECATUR — The Herald & Review is one of 10 newsrooms from across the country chosen to receive a grant for watchdog training through Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening investigative journalism.

IRE's Total Newsroom Training provides two days of in-house sessions for small- and medium-sized newsrooms dedicated to watchdog and enterprise reporting. The program is customized and sessions can range from securing public records to hands-on data analysis. 

"We have a great team here in Decatur, and this kind of world-class training will help us in our mission to do important journalism for our community," said Executive Editor Chris Coates. "It's an honor to have IRE recognize our newsroom." 

The Herald & Review was chosen from more than 50 applications this year, the organization said Thursday

"We are excited to work with newsrooms that are so eager to sharpen their watchdog skills," IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix said. "The winning newsrooms all have a strong commitment from management to support the training, as well a pledge to nurture investigative reporting moving forward."

Other newsrooms are:

  • The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville
  • Illinois Public Media in Urbana
  • KPBS in San Diego
  • Missoulian in Missoula, Montana
  • North Country Public Radio in Canton, New York
  • PA Media Group in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Traverse City Record-Eagle in Michigan
  • WKBT in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut

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