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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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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IRE Preview: New nine-session track focuses on the art of storytelling

A special track of nine IRE Conference panels this year will focus on elevating our writing. It will include a series of “master classes” led by Pulitzer winning journalists Louise Kiernan, Walt Bogdanich and Sam Roe who each will dissect one of their classic prize-winning investigations with an emphasis on the writing choices. We’ll also…

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Don’t miss at IRE 2013: Improve your writing and get published

The 2013 IRE Conference in San Antonio offers you several opppotunties to improve your investigative writing techniques and tips for getting published. Here’s a few of the writing-focused sessions at the conference: Writing the investigative story Producing killer profiles in the instant news cycle And some opportunities to connect with agents and publishers: Pitch your…

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