How to write an unforgettable data story

IRE attendees learn how to effectively use data in their stories from a panel of award-winning journalists Photo by LaCrai Mitchell By LaCrai Mitchell “Just make sure if you fail, you did what you wanted to do.” At face value, this David Letterman quote is completely unrelated to telling a good data story. However, during…

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Veteran broadcast journalists share tips on story structure

By Brittany Collins Structuring an investigative news story is important. Not only does it help prevent confusion for viewers, but it also allows the reporter to get creative when putting together various elements of the story. Solly Granatstein from The Weather Channel, Brendan Keefe from WXIA-Atlanta, Chris Vanderveen from KUSA/9News Denver, and Matt Goldberg from…

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Beyond words: Storytelling at the intersection of cool & creative

The Seattle Times built an interactive graphic on the Oso landslide By Albert Hong  “For me, doing this panel is a real treat because it means, for once, I get to hang out with the cool kids,” Ken Armstrong, staff writer at The Marshall Project, said as he kicked off an IRE Conference session on…

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AUDIO: How to structure your story

You’ve done all of your reporting and now it’s time to write, but how do you structure your story? Jacqui Banaszynski, winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, explored this issue during the 2014 IRE Conference in San Francisco, demystifying the process and offering insight on how to think beyond the traditional inverted…

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