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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IRE Radio Podcast | Killed by the Cops

How many times a year do police kill people? And what happens to officers after they fire a fatal shot? Those were just some of the questions prompted by the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. On this episode of the IRE Radio Podcast we’ll be talking to…

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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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Behind the Story: How NPR and ProPublica exposed problems with the Red Cross’ response to Superstorm Sandy

Justin Elliott of ProPublica Justin Elliott, Jesse Eisinger and Laura Sullivan turned a vague tip about the American Red Cross’ inefficiency into a powerful report about the organization’s failings after Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy. The joint project between ProPublica and NPR revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars pouring in from donors in 2012…

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AUDIO: Tips for getting key sources to talk

Investigative reporters spend months on story basics, building data and documents. But without the right sources, even the most telling facts can read a bit, well, boring. With that in mind, four battle-tested investigative reporters spoke at the 2014 IRE Conference on the topic of building trust with sources. Ellen Gabler, of the Milwaukee Journal…

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Behind the Story: Questionable border patrol shootings

In December, Tim Steller, a reporter and now columnist for the Arizona Daily Star, reported on the increasing number of shootings occurring between Border Patrol and illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.  The victims in some cases appear to have been unarmed.  This fact and the lack of transparency in the investigations has cast doubt…

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