Tips for reporting on diverse communities that aren’t your own

By Amber Liu  Trying to excel at covering diverse communities might include new techniques or resources, such as collaboratively developing a diverse source list and rethinking how to best use interpreters. Sherry Yu of Temple University, Michael Matza of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Sabrina Vourvoulias of AL DÍA News suggested these techniques and more at…

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Tips on covering immigrants

By Doug HaddixIRE Training Director  Full immersion in local immigrant communities produces the most compelling stories, according to Kirk Semple, an immigration reporter for The New York Times. “It helps to be curious. It helps to be voracious,” Semple told participants at an IRE Better Watchdog Workshop this week in Orlando. The full-day workshop was…

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Behind the Selden Ring Award

  T. Christian Miller of ProPublica discusses “Disposable Army,” his series about contractors in Iraq. The stories won the 2010 Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting. Miller explains how the data analysis — coupled with 200 interviews — gave him the goods to break new ground in coverage of civilian contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.…

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Tips for covering immigrants

By Doug Haddix, IRE Training Director When she gets e-mails and calls about controversial stories, Claudia Núñez of La Opinion in Los Angeles says some readers ask if she is working against Latinos, even though she herself is a Latina. Her curt reply: “No, I’m not. I’m a journalist.”[/caption] Often, immigrants expect ethnic media journalists to…

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