Deadspin reporting of Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax highlights need for backgrounding story subjects

The ability to background a person  is an essential tool for journalists regardless of beat, as shown by news of Lennay Kekua, the deceased girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o who never existed but became one of the prominent storylines in sports this year. The fact that Kekua was a complete fabrication is a…

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Finding out what public figures don’t want you to know

By Jon [email protected] Sex sells. But it sometimes buys, too. Online.  As described in the panel “Hidden databases: Mining the private parts of public officials,” the trick is learning how to uncover the online footprint of public figures and track the nefarious deeds they might do under the cover of online alter-egos. Russ Ptacek of…

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CAR for the whole newsroom

By Sarah Morris @smorris198888 In Integrating CAR: Story Ideas for the Whole Newsroom, Mark Wert of The Cincinnati Enquirer and Jaimi Dowdell of IRE/NICAR gave ideas and tips relating to different beats that would require CAR skills. Some of the tips they shared included: Build your own database. Use two databases to tell a story.…

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