"Deadlines are relative. Whether you have an hour or a week, the approach should be the same. Compiling a good dossier is like construction a good building -- you need well-thought-out plans, the right tools and supplies and a strong foundation. All the work must be built solidly and with precision. And when you're done it must be leak-proof." This tipsheet offers ten steps to backgrounding on deadline and a comprehensive list of resources that are essential to a functioning newsroom.