Digging deeper with data and docs
Move beyond anecdotes and he-said, she-said journalism with data and documents. Advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records, understanding records retention schedules, exploring key records on a variety of beats and becoming familiar with key national data sets to produce high-impact local stories.
Jennifer Dixon is an award-winning investigative reporter for the Detroit Free Press. She was the lead writer of an eight-day series on Michigan's charter schools and recently finished an investigation of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, prompting MIOSHA to step up inspections at demolition sites where workers are exposed to asbestos. Her story on a Detroit school vendor led to a federal investigation and two criminal convictions. @jennbdixon
Doug Haddix is executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for 6,000 members worldwide. Previously, Haddix worked as an IRE training director, an assistant vice president at Ohio State University, director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, and as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He earned a master's in journalism from Indiana University.
Public Records Available in Michigan
This tipsheet from Jennifer Dixon lists all the public records available in the state of Michigan.