On the Road : October 2012

Now accepting 2013 CAR Conference T-shirt designs

The journalists who attend the Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference do many things for their newsrooms: They analyze data, build websites, write stories, scrape and acquire records.

To honor this work, the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting will sell a T-shirt celebrating the data geek in us all, and you'll help design it. Proceeds from the shirt will help raise funds for future NICAR training events.

For CAR 2012, you regaled us with your designs, SQL and puns. It was an epic competition, but two T-shirts rule them all. We're opening the competition once again - what will you think of ...

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Scranton Workshop: Invaluable investigative tools

By Christopher Dolan, University of Scranton

From the art of the interview to “Facebook creeping,” we learned many invaluable investigative tools at IRE’s Scranton Watchdog Workshop.

During the day-long event, various expert investigative journalists taught the tricks and techniques needed when hunting down a good story.

Tisha Thompson from WRC-Washington had many tips for crafting a strong interview during her one-hour presentation. Ms. Thompson drew from her experience in the field to outline how journalists should handle their various interviewees—detailing how a journalist should interact with victims, criminals and everyone in between. Ms. Thompson said when interviewing both ...

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