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. His 20-year newspaper career included a decade as investigative projects editor at The Columbus Dispatch and stints as city editor of daily newspapers in Scranton, Pa., and Danville, Ill. Before returning to IRE, where he previously worked as a training director, Haddix served as an assistant vice president at Ohio State University and director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.
Public Records Available in Michigan
This tipsheet from Jennifer Dixon lists all the public records available in the state of Michigan.