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Browse more 5,000 tipsheets from our national conferences and Watchdog Workshops on how to cover specific beats, conduct a great interview and learn countless tips on where to find the information you need.

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  • Pipeline Records & Data

    A tipsheet containing link to state and federal information on natural gas pipelines.

    Tags: natural gas; pipelines; energy; business reporting; explosions; disasters

    By Mike Soraghan and Holly Hacker

    2019

  • Wildfire Reporting Data

    A slide deck presentation on federal wildfire data made available by Big Local News through the Stanford Digital Repository.

    Tags: wildfire; federal wildfire data; Big Local News; disaster coverage; SIT-209

    By Eric Sagara

    2019

  • After a Disaster: Long-term Reporting on Floods, Fires and Other Emergencies

    A tipsheet providing advice on how to pursue stories before, during and after a natural or unnatural disaster.

    Tags: natural disasters; flooding; wildfire; hurricanes; buyouts; chemical spills; pollution; FEMA

    By Rebecca Hersher, Eric Sagara and Lisa Song

    2019

  • Looking for accountability on the recovery efforts In Puerto Rico

    Almost eight months after Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico, the recovery effort is moving slowly and much remains to be investigated. Many cities in Florida and around the country are also dealing with an influx of Puerto Ricans who left and have not returned home. Journalists covering the crisis in Puerto Rico will share investigative strategies and techniques as well as issues they faced while covering the crisis that followed the massive storm including health issues, the disputed death count after the hurricane, scandals with the subcontractors hired to repair the electrical grid, and the government lack of transparency. Panelists will also talk about where to look for data stories and provide journalists the tools they need to investigate after a natural disaster.

    Tags: Puerto Rico; hurricane; recovery efforts; natural disaster; storm damage; health issues; death counts

    By Carla Minet, Frances Robles, Mc Nelly Torres and Luis Trelles

    2018

  • Investigating dam safety

    Dams provide flood control, drinking water, fishing opportunities and other benefits, but they can threaten homes, businesses and roads with a catastrophic release of water if they fail. Here are 10 tips for investigating dams in any community.

    Tags: dams; safety; disaster; floods; flooding; environment

    By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

    2018

  • Data of disasters

    Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and wildfires caused record damage to U.S. cities in 2017. These veterans of some of the worst storms in history, Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Katrina cover resources to help you dig into the problems left in the disaster's wake, including disaster relief efforts, using databases and mapping to show the extent of damage in certain areas and neighborhoods, and how to follow the money.

    Tags: natural disasters; storms; accidents; weather; terrorism; infrastructure; emergency

    By Matt Dempsey

    2018

  • Before & after the storm: Prepare to cover natural disasters

    Catastrophic events include natural disasters biological threats, large-scale industrial accidents, infrastructure failure and terrorism, so be prepared ahead of time, ready to cover beyond the obvious stories afterward, so don't follow the herd.

    Tags: natural disasters; storms; accidents; weather; terrorism; infrastructure; emergency

    By Manny Garcia; Mc Nelly Torres

    2018

  • Data journalism from space

    For decades, time-sensitive satellite imagery has been expensive and accessible mostly to governments and large corporations. Recent advances in consumer technologies are making satellite technology cheaper, and new business models are making the production of space-bound hardware and imagery more democratized. Planet Labs, a startup founded by ex-NASA engineers, has the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites ever and aims to image the entire planet every day to track global events and challenges like climate change, deforestation, refugee camp growth, disaster response, and many others. The high frequency of Planet's imagery creates new opportunities to capture insight on significant local and global change and is able to move at the rapid rate of today’s 24-hour news cycle. Recent stories include coverage of deforestation in Bolivia, illegal gold mining in Peru, a collapsing glacier, and discovery of North Korean missile tests. As a unique source of data, Planet's imagery is available to approved journalists and socially-impactful projects.

    Tags: satellite; technology; maps; images

    By Sara Schnadt

    2017

  • Consider the source: Building expertise on trauma for better watchdog + investigative reporting

    How reporters approach, interview and tell the stories of trauma survivors can cause harm or produce narratives that help improve the public’s understanding of subjects like sexual and domestic violence, human trafficking, mass shootings and disasters. Journalists need a basic understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain to be able to interpret and responsibly report stories of human suffering. They must also consider the need for greater transparency about reporting methods and processes with people recovering from the impact of trauma. How journalists balance the demands of the story with compassion for trauma survivors can produce better journalism.

    Tags: reporting; interviewing; sexual; domestic; violence

    By Katherine Reed

    2016

  • Video: Investigating in the wake of disaster

    As Dr. Redlener was unable to attend #IRE16 in person this year, he recorded a special message for all the attendees of the 2016 Investigative Reporters and Editors conference and in particular for the panel hosted by the Dart Center, Columbia University. This content is particularly pertinent for all journalists with an interest in covering topics of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and addresses seven critical topics and inherent challenges of disaster journalism. https://vimeo.com/171171578

    Tags: disasters; hospitals; preparedness programs

    By Irwin Redlener

    2016