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How to use inspection data to drive your stories

By Hannah Schmidt

Joce Sterman of WMAR-Baltimore and Michael Pell of Reuters explain where reporters can find inspection data and how they can incorporate it into investigative pieces.

Where do you find inspection data? Pell suggested reporters check the following organizations:

Sterman said one of the first hurdles for a journalist to overcome is the expense of gathering data. She suggested reporters haggle to bring down copy costs. And maybe invest in a scanner. 

 

 

Sterman also encouraged reporters to built a rapport with inspectors. Reporters can learn more about what inspectors do, and building that trust could prove fruitful in the future. 

 

 

Need to find sources for your next story? Pell advised using experts in academia or trade to get the information you need. 

 

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