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COVERING THE ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

Johnston links to a number of sites to help you cover the economy and businesses. He includes the Joint (House and Senate) Committee on Taxation, the SEC, and the Congressional […]
Type: Tipsheet
Cost: Free for members

Public access: Its really quite simple

'Give us everything we want, and well all get along fine'(And other tips for winning access to public records and meetings) Know the law, and be prepared to argue it […]
Type: Tipsheet
Cost: Free for members

A Citizen's Guide to Using the Illinois Freedom of Information Act

7 chapters of useful information on the IL FOIA. Including what a FOIA request is, how to request a document, and what to do if your request is denied.
Type: Tipsheet
Cost: Free for members

Covering the big disaster (and quick-hit story ideas)

Dowdell offers step by step instruction on how to cover big disasters and quick-hit stories. She also includes many helpful database links such as OSHA, EPA, and FAA.
Type: Tipsheet
Cost: Free for members

Understanding error messages in Access

When working with Access, actually reading the errors you get can help you figure out what's wrong. Dowdell put together a handout on the errors and what they mean.
Type: Tipsheet
Cost: Free for members

Generating Investigative Ideas

Former IRE Board of Directors President, Young, provides helpful tips on what to look for to make a great investigative story. From finding the right idea, to investigating perks, you […]
Type: Tipsheet
Cost: Free for members

Mining the Census: American Community Survey

Haddix gives tips on how to mine the census for useful data, and how to turn that data into a readable table or graph.
Type: Tipsheet
Cost: Free for members

Census on a tight timeline

This PowerPoint lays out how Playford and his team put out a story using census data in a time crunch.
Type: Tipsheet
Cost: Free for members

Scraping the Web

This tipsheet will give you the skills you need to scrape the web (using tools or coding from scratch). Even if you have no programming skills, O'Murchu's tips will have […]
Type: Tipsheet
Cost: Free for members

Year In Investigations

This PowerPoint from Haddix and Horvit reviews the year in investigations, including IRE award winning reports from CNBC on gun manufacturer, Remington, and ICIJ with the BBC on the global […]
Type: Tipsheet
Cost: Free for members
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