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CAR for the whole newsroom

By Sarah Morris

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.
  • Have the newsroom ready for breaking news by knowing where different types of databases are, such as OSHA records, bridge and dam databases and the Aircraft Registry.
  • Use Guidestar and to find information about nonprofits

They also suggested ways to create a CAR environment. Tips for that include:

  • Go to planning meetings.
  • Offer training.
  • Ask for beat planners.
  • Be seen helping reporters learn data.
  • When there’s interest from a reporter, follow-up immediately.
  • Suggest story ideas.
  • Look for teachable moments to help people learn. It helps grow support for CAR.
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