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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  • Bring your investigative reporting to life using animation

    Got court transcripts of a particular riveting moment during a trial or first-hand accounts of abuse in a nursing home? This tipsheet will show you new ways animation can bring documents and important moments of your investigation that happened behind closed doors to life. Animation can also help newsrooms attract a younger audience, who are naturally drawn to visual journalism and love to share exceptional work on social media. We will show how illustrations and motion graphics work and what best practices visual journalists have developed in their newsrooms. We will also tackle ethical pitfalls. And you will learn what you need to do to produce your own illustrations and explainer videos.

    Tags: animation; storytelling; investigative storytelling; digital storytelling; visual journalism

    By Hilke Schellmann

    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

  • Writing the investigative narrative

    You’ve gathered data, docs and human sources. Now it’s time to turn your reporting into a story -- or a series -- that packs a punch. If you’re new to investigative storytelling or want to up your writing game, this workshop is for you. Veteran editor Maria Carrillo has led some of the best narrative teams in the country. In this half-day workshop, she’ll cover the entire story lifecycle, from reporting to writing to planning for publication. Topics include: * Understanding narrative * Reporting for story -- How to gather the details and scenes that will give your piece emotional power * Focus and framing – Finding your way through all that material * Self-editing tips and techniques * Developing a story team -- How to get photographers, artists, designers, digital producers and editors unified behind a common vision We’ll look at examples of successful stories, pulling back the curtain to see how they came together.

    Tags: investigative narrative; narrative writing; focus; framing; self-editing; story team

    By Maria Carrillo

    2018

  • Digital security risks — and what you can do about them

    The digital world presents journalists with unique problems while communicating with sources and colleagues. Check out this tipsheet for a primer on the risks inherent in digital communications, how to evaluate your own risks and ways to protect yourself with modern tools. Lots of security tools are unusable nightmares! This tipsheet focuses on pragmatic, realistic tools and ways of approaching digital risk, rather than paranoia (and tools you'll never get your friends or sources to use). Whether you're a reporter regularly dealing with sensitive sources, or if you're just curious to learn more about the tech we take for granted, this tipsheet is for you.

    Tags: digital security; digital communications; digital risks; security tools

    By Mike Tigas

    2018

  • The tools and apps every reporter should know

    Some people say this is the best era to be a journalist - not because of the abundance of news, but because the Internet and other digital advances have made for faster, stronger, broader, and more efficient reporting. Come learn the highs, the lows and the how-tos of some of the best tools for journalism.

    Tags: tools; apps; reporting tools; digital tools

    By Samantha Sunne and Ren LaForme

    2018

  • Turning your investigation into a book

    Non-fiction book writing is a creatively satisfying way of taking your investigative project to the next level, and to a potentially global audience. It‘s a great way to make use of all that research and reporting you did for your project that didn’t “make it in.” And it’s one of the last bastions of in-depth investigative reporting, especially for those not still working for large mainstream media outlets. Even though bookstores are closing, there are many exciting opportunities on publishing’s digital frontier. These published author/journalists share their best advice, and offer lessons learned and cautionary tales.

    Tags: book; non-fiction book writing; investigations; writing an investigative book

    By Blake Ellis, Melanie Hicken, Mary Shanklin and Mark Schlabach

    2018

  • Resources related to the Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine

    As numerous events over the past year have demonstrated the usefulness and importance of the web and other digital media archives, and the Wayback Machine, in particular, is growing. Mark Graham will explain these topics and provide real-world examples of various ways journalists and investigators can use the Wayback Machine to help answer questions and gather evidence to back-up claims. Participants will gain actionable experience they can immediately apply to their jobs. At the same time, we will collectively explore new services the Internet Archive might explore and develop, to advance our mission of helping to make the Web more useful and reliable. In addition, we will explore how the Internet Archive's TV News archive can help journalists by giving them the ability to interface with video as data, and conduct research and analysis that was so difficult it was nearly impossible just two years ago.

    Tags: Wayback Machine; Internet Archive; research; searching; internet

    By Mark Graham

    2018

  • Digital sleuthing on deadline

    Learn some handy tips and strategies to be an effective digital sleuth on a deadline.

    Tags: digital sleuth; researcher; deadline reporting

    By Denise Malan

    2019

  • Turning data into TV and online gold

    Discover ways to use data effectively in storytelling -- on the air and online. Digital tools such as data visualizations can boost viewership and audience engagement online. Plus, as people explore your data and key findings, they may find new leads for you to explore.

    Tags: data; online; TV; data visualization; audience engagement; viewership

    By

    2019

  • Web and social media

    Learn how to be a digital sleuth with these handy practices and tips for using social media and Google searches in your investigating and reporting.

    Tags: digital sleuthing; social media; google searches; researcher

    By Doug Haddix

    2019