Friday, March 30, 2007

Houston Press snags IRE citation

You can have a smallish staff and publish only once a week and still make a mark in today's fast-paced world of journalism.

Investigative Reporters and Editors, an organiztion that fosters the wacky notion journalists oughta look for the not-so-obvious stories beyond those presented in so-called press conferences, has awarded a Houston Press writer with a 2006 IRE certificate.

Here's the citation from the IRE Website:

Todd Spivak of the Houston Press for “Run Over by Metro.” This alternative weekly’s investigation into the Metropolitan Transit Authority in Houston looked at fatalities and serious injuries caused by the public bus system. It found that the agency rejected the safety recommendations of its own investigators, hounded victims to settle accidents and misrepresented its accident statistics.

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