How to identify – and expose – inflated student enrollment statistics

Will Evans of The Center for Investigative Reporting explains how he started investigating an Oakland, Calif. church school that appears to have vastly inflated its enrollment numbers to collect extra taxpayer funding. “The place was in total disrepair, but the pastor drove an Escalade,” Evans said. In this first clip, Evans explains how he found…

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How to use inspection data to drive your stories

By Hannah Schmidt Joce Sterman of WMAR-Baltimore and Michael Pell of Reuters explain where reporters can find inspection data and how they can incorporate it into investigative pieces. Where do you find inspection data? Pell suggested reporters check the following organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office U.S. Chemical Safety Board National Transportation Safety Board Office of Inspector…

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Behind the Story: NICAR data leads to OSHA investigation

In October, the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting sent an email over its listserv announcing that updated data were available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Ron Shawgo of the Journal Gazette of Indiana then realized the paper had never examined OSHA data for Indiana.  So he requested the data. Through his analysis, he…

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