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  • Covering the Aftermath of a Disaster

    "Covering the Aftermath of a Disaster" makes suggestions for disaster-coverage, particularly focusing on preparedness; tips are listed under the following categories: Preparing for disaster-the basics, a place to work, communications, other equipment, transportation, assignments and A final word.

    Tags: disaster; aftermath


  • Story Ideas in the Sports Realm

    "Story Ideas in the Sports Realm" focuses on possible stories relating to college sports; includes angles or story ideas, tools to use during the investigation, where to find information and what information is available.

    Tags: 2 pages NCAA

    By Doug Bedell


  • Ten Top Tips from Editor Perspective

    "Ten Top Tips from Editor Perspective" is written to help journalists understand how to relate to their editor within an investigative project; hints include being able to express the focus of a project in one declarative sentence, understating findings rather than overstating them and being prepared for the morning after by listing who to call for reaction and follow-up.

    Tags: editor

    By Jack Driscoll


  • Access to Campus Crime Reports

    "Access to Campus Crime Reports" is a booklet produced by the Student Press Law Center to inform journalists of their rights to obtain information from universities and colleges about on-campus crime; includes strategies for obtaining crime reports and other data, specific laws as they vary from state to state and federal laws pertaining to the topic.

    Tags: 27 pages



  • For the Record: Information on Individuals

    A copy of an article written by Paul for Database Magazine details all of the database sources of information to use when backgrounding an individual, including court, driver's license, real estate, credit and news records.

    Tags: Public records

    By Nora Paul


  • How to Read a Financial Report

    Booklet from a financial firm breaks down the often-confusing components of a public company's annual financial report and explains them in simple terms; clarifies what each part of the statistical data means and defines the accounting terms.




  • Info on searching bank failure

    Provides tips on looking into a failed Savings & Loan; includes the name and number of information services, what to look for and what organizations and transactions to look at, possible sources and tips on how to get information from the Resolution Trust Corporation.

    Tags: RTC; savings and loan



  • Covering the Immigrant Backlash: The Other Side of the Story

    "Covering the Immigrant Backlash: The Other Side of the Story" sets down the facts about immigrant bashing: politicians often inflate the costs of immigration for political gain and journalists often follow; handout lists studies which are good and bad sources, experts in the field, organizations and story ideas.

    Tags: Census Public Use Microdata; Gov. Pete Wilson; Border Interaction Project; U.S. Immigration Authorities and Border Communities; Immigration and Naturalization Service

    By Penny Loeb


  • Tips for Deadline Reporting and Writing, Organizing While Reporting, Emergency Editing, and How to Work Together

    Senior Writer for the Poynter Institute includes four models of the reporting and editing process underscoring the reasons for tension between journalists and editors; stresses that journalism is a collaborative art and that conflicts help no one and are avoidable; included is a tip sheet for journalists about how to think while in the field to avoid problems back in the newsroom.

    Tags: organization; writing; writer's block; l rewrite; edit; subject blocks

    By Roy Peter Clark


  • 12 Steps to Sterling School Coverage

    "12 Steps to Sterling School Coverage" gives strategies for effectively covering the education beat; tips include recognizing the importance of the beat, framing stories into the bigger picture, following the money, following the students, following the promises, keeping a sharp investigative eye out even when assigned puff pieces, making connections with the larger picture and not being negative all of the time.


    By Rosemary Armao