IRE Radio Podcast | A Doctor Named Susy

Think about the last time you got a call, email or direct message from someone who wanted to share a crazy story. You might have thought there was no way what they were telling you could be true. That’s what happened to Brett Kelman, a reporter at the Tennessean. A tip about military health care…

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Behind the Story: How the Los Angeles Times turned an anonymous tip into a front-page story

Paige St. John No such records exist. That’s the message Paige St. John received when she requested audit records on the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s GPS monitoring program. Despite the rocky start, the Los Angeles Times reporter went on to break the story about trivial alerts from GPS monitors overwhelming probation officers in LA…

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Best of Broadcast DVD for sale in resource center

If you’re looking for award winning tips and tricks on how to make your broadcast video stand out from the rest you won’t want to pass up this collection of interviews. Included are interviews with Earl Nurse Jr of CNN for his work on the 2011 Tom Renner award winning piece: Death in the Desert,…

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Behind the Story: The benefits of sticking with a story

Photo credit:WUSA 9 It’s hard to keep saying everything is fine when documents prove otherwise. Although the General Services Administration continually denied knowledge of a “death list,” investigative reporter Russ Ptacek discovered the list while working for Kansas City’s KSHB-TV. He continued the investigation at WUSA 9, in Washington, D.C. A GSA employee created the “death list” to…

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Dive in deep, swim to the top – tips on building your career

By Pamela Cyran @CyranStar Graduating? Mid-career? These job-hunting tips from veteran reporters are for everyone in the business. El Nuevo Herald Executive Editor Manny Garcia was joined by Stephen Stock, KNTV-San Francisco, Sarah Cohen, Duke University, and Len Downie of the Washington Post, on “Building your career: A roundtable discussion.” The panel offered advice on how to get ahead in today’s…

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Writing the investigative story

By Châu Mai@maingocchau After spending weeks, months or even years to do an investigation, you want to write an interesting story that makes readers really want to read it. “Your goal is to pull people in and your second goal is to keep them there,” Seattle Times investisgative reporter Ken Armstrong said.  He and Steve…

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Tips for investigative reporters in China

By Shuyi Wang Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, has become an essential tool for investigative reporters in China, said Ying Chan, journalism professor from the University of Hong Kong on the Saturday’s panel “Investigative Reporting in China.” Chan cited the most discussed news in China recently to explain the power of Weibo. China’s government suspended…

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How to talk your way to the truth

By Châu Mai@maingocchau How do you get people to open up? How do you get the key information you’re are looking for? The first thing before we’re heading to the interview, according to Raquel Rutledge, an award-winning reporter of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is to fully prepare and know the subject well, by googling or using…

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Tips on investigating the ignored and abused – elderly, mentally disabled, and children

By Pamela Cyran @CyranStar Investigating vulnerable populations such as the elderly, mentally disabled, and even children, is extremely taxing. Many times it’s finding the story in the first place that’s troubling. Proving the story is another task. In many cases these victims can’t speak for themselves. Maybe they have no family or family are hesitant…

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Talking your way to the truth, mastering the interview

By Chelsea Sheasley@csheasley The interview is at the heart of all reporting, but mastering it can take a lifetime. In IRE 2012’s panel Talking your way to the truth: The art of the interview, three veteran reporters shared their tips on what it takes to get sources to talk and how to get key information…

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