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  • I-Team Toolkit: February 2019

    The February 2019 issue of I-Team Toolkit covers how to investigate sexual abuse and features reporting by KHOU-TV and WJLA in Washington D.C.

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    By Nancy Coleman

    2019

  • The art of the interview

    Watchdog stories pose special challenges, including how best to prep for interviews, approach sources, handle tough situations, navigate ethical trouble-spots and more. Learn how to master the interview to hold your sources accountable.

    Tags: interviews; interviewing; accountability; TV; broadcast; investigative; investigations

    By Duane Pohlman

    2018

  • 30 stories in 60 minutes

    Watchdog reporting doesn’t need to take months to be effective. This batch of ideas will get you started right away, with ways to customize them for your own community and audience.

    Tags: stories; story ideas; investigative; watchdog

    By Jill Riepenhoff

    2018

  • 30 Stories in 60 Minutes

    Watchdog reporting doesn’t need to take months to be effective. This batch of ideas will get you started right away, with ways to customize them for your own community and audience, from Cindy Galli and Lee Zurik.

    Tags: stories; story ideas; investigative; broadcast; TV

    By Cindy Galli and Lee Zurik

    2018

  • Digital storytelling

    Learn how best to tell your story on air and online, with examples of storytelling techniques that work well on particular platforms and types of TV segments, from Josh Hinkle.

    Tags: digital; online; web; visuals; interactive; website

    By Josh Hinkle

    2018

  • Art of the interview

    Proven tactics for preparing for an important interview and getting the goods on camera, from Cindy Galli and Lee Zurik.

    Tags: interviews; interviewing; accountability; TV; broadcast; investigative; investigations

    By Cindy Galli and Lee Zurik

    2018

  • Accountability interviews

    Proven tactics for preparing for an important interview and getting the goods on camera, from Scott Friedman.

    Tags: interviews; interviewing; accountability; TV; broadcast; investigative; investigations

    By Scott Friedman

    2018

  • Source development

    Learn reporting strategies for developing sources and building knowledge to own your beat, from Megan Luther and Cody Winchester.

    Tags: sources; beat reporting; tips; interviewing; backgrounding

    By Megan Luther, Cody Winchester

    2018

  • Quick-turn data stories

    Quick data for quick turns…or how to actually do data on the job – fast. Data beat reporters should get, maintain and update to jump on the news (or off it).

    Tags: quick-turn; fast

    By David Sheingold; Francisco Vara-Orta; Greta Kaul; Nicole Vap

    2018

  • Who’s investigating college sports?

    From kid leagues to college, lots of money and shifting rules make the playing field tough for anyone trying to uncover the rougher side of sports. Little League organizations have virtually no oversight of their finances or rules. High school athletic associations are nonprofit groups that lord over millions of teenage athletes and can loft hefty punishments against students, most of whom never will play in college. And at colleges, TV money has tripled athletics revenue, which has warped spending at a lot of schools, enriching coaches and marketing agencies alike. But name and likeness lawsuits, helmet safety issues, Title IX lawsuits, player pay and other issues have started demanding a piece of that money. At the same time, bribery scandals, academic fraud, sexual assault and other problems can make you wonder if anyone’s really in charge. Here's what you need to know about the changing landscape and where to find documents and data to help uncover these important local sports stories.

    Tags: athletics; college; university; ncaa

    By Jodi Upton

    2018