When checking your mailbox isn’t enough: 3 tips for investigating local elections

Image by Justin Grimes. Used under Creative Commons License. In September, New York Times reporter Susanne Craig checked her mailbox. Checking for snail mail wasn’t abnormal for her, but what she found was: a copy of Donald Trump’s 1995 tax returns. The document led to a notable scoop for the Times and plenty of lessons for reporters. Craig…

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Broadcasters: Sign up for coaching opportunities in New Orleans

We’re offering several opportunities for broadcast journalists to receive individualized and small-group coaching at the IRE Conference in New Orleans. Al Tompkins of Poynter will be offering a handful of one-on-one appointments on Friday and Saturday. Space is extremely limited. Sign up! Barry Nash will bring his more than 30 years of experience to New…

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Broadcast journalists share tips for bringing numbers to life on TV

Investigative broadcast journalists across the country gathered at the 2016 CAR Conference and shared some of their secrets for bringing data to life on TV. 1. Get raw data KXAS-TV producer Eva Parks explained how her team requested complaint and violation records concerning noise at the Dallas Love Field airport. Unfortunately, the city of Dallas…

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3 tips for quick-turn broadcast investigations

By Bianca Brown  One day. Sometimes that’s all the time you have to sift through data and turn around an accurate story. During the “Broadcast: Viz, quick hits and the data you need” panel, Jamie Grey, an assistant professor of radio and television journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism; Andy Pierrotti, an…

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Story Shorts goes behind the scenes with NBC Bay Area

A tip from a source prompted the NBC Bay Area team to launch a major investigation into Sysco Corporation, the world’s largest food distributor. Using a wide variety of cameras and surveillance techniques, the station exposed the company’s dangerous practice of storing fresh food in unrefrigerated storage sheds. The food was then delivered to restaurants, hotels,…

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Story Shorts highlights lessons from VA investigation

We’re back with another round of Story Shorts, our new video series highlighting investigative reporting tips and techniques. This week we’re going behind the story with CNBC’s Dina Gusovsky and Jeff Pohlman and highlighting lessons from their series “Death & Dishonor: Crisis at the VA“. We’ll be releasing a new video every day this week…

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Behind the Story: How KATC exposed problems with early animal euthanasia in Louisiana

Video by KATC-Lafayette You don’t need to work in a large newsroom to pull off an investigative story with impact. Earlier this year KATC-Lafayette’s Tina Macias and Allison Bourne-Vanneck revealed that in 2013 a Louisiana animal shelter euthanized a quarter of the dogs that passed through its doors in less than four days – the…

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VIDEO: How to go undercover on a budget

By Chhaya Nene These days the phrase “on a budget” applies to everyone, especially journalists.  At the 2014 IRE Conference, veteran journalists Anna Hewson of KUSA/9News Denver, Joe Ellis of KXAN-Austin, Bryan Staples of WTVF-Nashville, and Steve Eckert of KARE 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul shared their best-kept secrets for going undercover without blowing the newsroom budget.…

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Complaints: A road map for killer investigations

By Hannah Schmidt Jill Riepenhoff, a projects reporter at The Columbus Dispatch, and Tisha Thompson, an investigative reporter for WRC-Washington D.C., use consumer and professional complaints to fuel their investigations. In these audio clips the two reporters offer advice on where to look for complaints and how to use them. In Columbus, Ohio, landlords allowing homes…

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Don’t miss at IRE 2013: Broadcast investigations

The 2013 IRE Conference has a series of panels devoted to broadcast investigations. Join us in San Antonio from June 20-23 and learn from veteran broadcasters about how to craft investigations. The deadline to get the early registration rate for the conference is tomorrow at 7 p.m. CT. Interested in broadcast sessions? Here’s a sample of…

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