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Browse more 4,000 tipsheets from our national conferences and Watchdog Workshops on how to cover specific beats, conduct a great interview and learn countless tips on where to find the information you need.

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  • Covering Polls and Surveys

    This 20-page manual teaches reporters how to dissect existing surveys and polls and set-up their own polls/surveys. Also included are the names of magazines, newsletters, books, indexes, and online sources that report on public opinion surveys. In addition, two pages of short stories from Uplink provide some quick math tips. The Uplink articles are not included with the PDF but are available from the Resource Center. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org

    Tags: Source; Sample; Methodology; CAR; Data; survey; poll; polling; elections; public opinion; conducting polls

    By Jennifer LaFleur

    1995

  • CAR on the Politics Beat

    Guide of listserves, WWW sites, gophers, databases, and forums for reporters covering politics. Includes information on how to search online for sources, story ideas, background articles, statistics, datasets, source documents, and public records. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org

    Tags: CAR; computer-assisted reporting; Congress; Campaign finance; Electronic data; Internet; online research

    By Elisabeth Donovan

    1995

  • CAR on the Court Beat

    Guide of listserves, gophers, databases, newsgroups, forums, and WWW sites for reporters covering the courts. Includes information on how to search online for sources, story ideas, statistics, datasets, background articles, and public records. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org

    Tags: Legal Law Sentencing Prisons Criminal Justice Electronic Data Internet

    By Michelle Quigley

    1995

  • City Hall Beat Online

    Extensive tip sheet on covering the city hall beat on line, including mailing lists/listserves, newsgroups, news filters, WWW sites, gophers, databases, mailing lists. Also info on looking for datasets, background articles, source documents and public records. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org

    Tags: CAR

    By Margot Williams

    1995

  • Secrets of the Chamber

    Tip sheet on secrets of the chamber and how the New York State Legislature spends your money. See Resource Center file #10741 for the story (1994 contest winner). Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org

    Tags: Politics; Campaigns; Public Money

    By Jon Craig; Erik Kriss

    1995

  • A guide to ass-kicing in the 90's

    Tip sheet includes reasons to freelance to the independent media, publications all investigative reporters should read for tips and inspiration, and resources all investigative reporters should learn how to use. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org

    Tags: Alternative Press

    By Mark Worth

    1995

  • Measuring desegration in your school system

    If busing or desegregation is an issue in your public schools, here's a way you can use computer-assisted reporting tools to put the issue into factual perspective. The "Measuring Desegregation in Your School System" handout offers tips on dealing with the dissimilarity index, the exposure index and counts and percentages. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org

    Tags: Race Spreadsheets

    By Neil Mara

    1995

  • Inspecting the financial health of your local hospital

    Tips on how to investigate the finances of your local hospital through public records and agencies. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org

    Tags: IRS 990; Medicare; HMO; Health; Medicaid; Insurance

    By Chris Adams

    1995

  • Access: What you ar entitled to, and how to get it

    Strategies for finding electronic information in states unfamiliar with computerization and operating under outdated public record laws. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org

    Tags: City Hall Municipal Electronic Data Bureaucracy

    By Bob Warner

    1995

  • CAR on the City Hall Beat

    Brief overview explaining functions of City Hall employees and legal/municipal terms. Includes pertinent questions to ask about City Hall, story ideas and suggestions of how to employ computer-assisted reporting, and examples of past stories done by Detroit Free Press. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org

    Tags: Budgets Council City Clerk Finance Public Works Police Economic Development City Attorney

    By David Migoya

    1995