Localize coverage of the Oroville Dam collapse with our national database

The NICAR Data Library has updated the National Inventory of Dams (NID), a database kept by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on dams in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico with details that include structure type, purpose, owner, most recent inspection date and inspection frequency. The data also includes latitude and longitude.…

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How to build a better weather story: Tips for reporting before, during and after the storm

A graphic from the Seattle Times’ coverage of the Oso, Washington landslide Does your newsroom have the data and resources it needs to cover the next big storm? With a little preparation, you can have detailed information on critical infrastructure – like dams and levees – ready to go the next time a hurricane or…

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Pipelines, dams and pollution: How to investigation the environment in your community

By Lenore T. Adkins Some of the most important stories about the environment lurk beyond the city limits, but reporters often overlook those narratives because they aren’t in urban settings, said a group of panelists who investigate the environment.  “Agriculture is vastly under-covered,” said Joseph Davis, editor of the WatchDog newsletter for the Society of…

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