Investigating Trucking

Number 2420
Subject Transportation
Source David Barnes
Affiliation US Dept. of Transportation
Year 2005
Summary This tipsheet is a comprehensive guide to reporting on the trucking industry. It begins with a list of questions to ask at the beginning of an investigation, like, "Did the truck driver have a valid Commercial Drivers License?" Next, the tipsheet lists some pieces of information that reporters should be able to find before deadline, that could make their stories better. Then, the tipsheet lists possible follow - up investigations; these are more long-term projects and might make for good enterprise stories. There is a description of how to go about each investigation. Finally, the tipsheet ends with a list of contacts and government agencies that could be helpful for a reporter writing a story about the trucking industry.
Tags transportation; highways; FARS; accidents; driving; drivers licenses; traffic
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Panelists Walt Bogdanich; Andy Lehren