Developing a ‘document state of mind’

By Doug Haddix IRE Training Director Journalists can dig deeper and produce high-impact stories by developing a “document state of mind.” Get practical advice in this short video featuring Brant Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois. Houston is the former executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Houston spoke…

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Using Facebook, Twitter in Haiti

By Doug Haddix IRE Training Director Manny Garcia of The Miami Herald explains how his newsroom is using Twitter and Facebook to cover the earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath. The social media tools have helped with logistics as well as story tips from people in Haiti. Garcia’s advice applies to using social media tools…

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Tracking documents on your beat

By Doug Haddix IRE training director Each year, education reporter Chastity Pratt Dawsey of the Detroit Free Press files public records requests for five documents on her beat. She requests other records and data as story ideas emerge but makes sure that her sources know they need to produce key information regularly for her. Her…

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Tips on interviewing and sourcing

By Doug Haddix IRE training director There’s nothing wrong – and everything right – with rehearsing interviews, especially those that must be done by phone, according to Manny Garcia, executive editor of El Nuevo Herald in Miami, Fla. Sometimes, a reporter has only a minute or two to make a pitch by phone, given obstacles…

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McCormick grant will expand Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshops

A $100,000 grant from the McCormick Foundation will allow us to continue and expand our Ethnic Media Watchdog program. The funding will support a series of regional workshops that will bring low-cost, high-quality training on local, regional and national topics to journalists working in small- to medium-sized ethnic media organizations in areas throughout the U.S.…

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