Tipsheets

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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  • Getting data into Excel

    Data doesn’t always come in properly formatted Excel spreadsheets. Before you can analyze data in Excel, it first needs to be in a usable format. This tipsheet will cover the importance of data types, delimiters and fixed-width columns to make the import process as smooth as possible.

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    By Lauryn Schroeder

    2018

  • Using data and documents in your reporting

    How to get in the document mindset and look for data and documents on all beats. We give specific examples of documents and data that are available and useful for investigative reporting.

    Tags: documents; data; datasets; document mindset

    By Mark Rochester, Corey Johnson and Kathy Kiely

    2018

  • Hidden gems in international data

    Whether you work in the United States or abroad, international data may bolster your stories, reveal hidden connections and inspire new leads. In this panel, you'll learn about proven winners from journalists who've mined international data sets for watchdog and enterprise stories.

    Tags: international data; international reporting

    By John Bones

    2018

  • Reporting on energy and the environment: Finding the narrative in the numbers

    From industrial spills to the oversight of nuclear plants, to pipelines and fracking – learn how to dig deep on environmental and energy investigations in your part of the country. This tipsheet will cover how to get the data, how to translate that into a compelling story and how to get results. There will be take-home tips for broadcasters and print/online journalists alike on ways to humanize and visualize seemingly dry stories about science and industry and drive impact.

    Tags: energy; environment; industrial spills; nuclear plants; pipelines; fracking; energy data; environment data

    By Madison Hopkins and Mike Soraghan

    2018

  • Finding the story: Immigration

    There are some 320 million people in the U.S., and 43 million of them were born abroad. About 11 million people are undocumented and over 5.1 million children have at least one undocumented parent. 860,000 people have applied for temporary legal status because they were brought to the U.S. without proper documentation as children. Over 500,000 people are waiting for their cases to be heard in immigration courts. Some 270,000 people in the U.S. came as refugees. On any given day, about 40,000 people are in immigration detention. The numbers surrounding immigration can be daunting and hard to track down. This tipsheet offers a new data set and ideas for stories to dig into locally. And discusses how to question numbers about immigration — and what to do when the government is not providing data about its immigration actions.

    Tags: immigration; immigration data; undocumented immigrants

    By Angilee Shah

    2018

  • Stories hidden in the courts

    From immigration issues to sex trafficking to wrongful convictions, investigative reporters use court records to bolster and build stories that are documented, data-driven and rich with detail. Three reporters with experience wading through court files discuss tips to find hidden stories and provide guidance even when records are hard to find.

    Tags: courts; court records; court documents; court files; hidden court stories

    By Reade Levinson, Jenifer McKim and Charles Maldonado

    2018

  • Getting the goods on members of Congress without a D.C. bureau

    Learn tricks of the trade from veteran D.C. reporters on the documents, data and other essential information to track your local U.S. representatives and senators -- even if you're not in Washington.

    Tags: congress; congressional coverage; D.C. coverage; U.S. representatives; U.S. senators

    By Tom Brune and Jonathan Salant

    2018

  • Lock it down: Protecting yourself, your data and your sources

    This tipsheet will cover tips and tech to keep your data, your sources and your personal information safe in an increasingly digital world. We'll hear from journalists who have dealt with online impersonation and trolling, and cover tips for dealing with these attacks when they occur. It will also discuss basic threat modeling and how you can use technology like Signal and email encryption to secure your information.

    Tags: security; digital security; trolling; online impersonation; digital threats; Signal; encryption

    By Alex Harris, Adam Marshall and Paul Myers

    2018

  • Beyond numbers: Finding characters and stories in data

    Most reporters think that data is most useful to spot trends or count events. But each of those data points could be a story, and finding the anecdotes, characters and stories in data is just as important as finding evidence. This tipsheet will help you find your story in data and share tips on how to focus on the best characters.

    Tags: data; anecdotes; characters; storytelling with data

    By Megan Luther

    2018

  • How to use data about U.S. terrorism cases

    As part of its award-winning series Trial and Terror, The Intercept tracks all international terrorism prosecutions in the United States since 9/11. This tipsheet will show you how you can use this data, which is updated regularly and available online in multiple forms, to take your reporting deeper on local or national terrorism and criminal justice. Learn about The Intercept's methodologies and how to access and work with our interactive tool as well as the raw data we release under Creative Commons licensing.

    Tags: terrorism; U.S. terrorism; terrorism prosecutions; Trial and Terror

    By Trevor Aaronson and Margot Williams

    2018