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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  • Fim-wha? How to Find Federal Pipeline Data

    A tipsheet on the government agency responsible for ensuring the pipelines that run under our homes are safe. The tipsheet includes information about records and databases related to the nation's pipelines.

    Tags: pipelines; natural gas; oil; energy; environmental reporting; business reporting; public safety; National Pipeline Mapping System; PHMSA

    By Mike Soraghan

    2019

  • 30 Ideas in 60 Minutes

    A presentation containing several story ideas for broadcast reporters on subjects ranging from public water safety to oil & gas regulation.

    Tags: story ideas; broadcast; crime; education; public safety; health; environment; investigative reporting;

    By Josh Hinkle and Susan Batt

    2019

  • 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

  • O’Brien Fellowships: $65,000 in support of nine-month investigative reporting projects

    Reporters and editors affiliated with the discuss the award-winning projects produced by journalists selected for the program at Marquette University. Projects have tackled issues around criminal justice, education, the environment, health, science, government secrecy and more. O’Brien selects 3-5 fellows annually. Find out how to apply.

    Tags: O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism; O’Brien Fellowship; public service journalism; fellowships; reporting fellowships

    By Dave Umhoefer

    2018

  • How to find, read and use 990s

    There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits spread across the U.S., including public charities, private foundations and other types such as chambers of commerce. These organizations are involved in a variety of industries including education, government, the environment, health and any other topic a typical reporter may cover in their day-to-day beat. Most nonprofits are required to file detailed statements — called 990s — that publicly disclose a large amount of information about the organization. This tipsheet provides both novice and expert reporters with tips, strategies and context for navigating the world of nonprofits.

    Tags: nonprofits; 990s; charitable foundations; campaign finance; public charities

    By Brad Racino

    2018

  • Investigating wildlife issues

    Covering wildlife isn't just for animal lovers. These are stories about crime, sustainability, community and economic development, politics, and big money too. Reporters will explain how they investigated the seafood industry, alligator poaching in Florida, and the international illegal wildlife trade, among others. The panel will focus on how and where to find sources, public records and datasets, story ideas that you can pursue in your own community, and how to tell these stories in a way that anyone — even people who aren't particularly interested in animal issues — will find compelling.

    Tags: wildfire; sustainability; climate change; environment

    By Rachael Bale, Rene Ebersole and Lee van der Voo.

    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

  • Toxic City

    Among the many health hazards faced by children, especially in urban areas, we focused on lead paint in old rental homes, lead in the soil in former industrial areas and lead paint, asbestos, lead tainted water and mold in school buildings.

    Tags: children; hazards; environment; urban

    By Dylan Purcell

    2018

  • R, RStudio, and the tidyverse for data analysis

    This tutorial is from a class that worked with R, which is a very powerful tool, designed by statisticians for data analysis. Described on its website as “free software environment for statistical computing and graphics,” R is a programming language that opens a world of possibilities for analyzing data. Indeed, just about anything you may want to do with data can be done with R, from web scraping, through statistical analysis and machine learning, to making interactive graphics. http://paldhous.github.io/NICAR/2018/r-analysis.html

    Tags: r; r studio; tidyverse; statistics; data analysis

    By Peter Aldhous

    2018

  • How journalists can detect (physical and electronic) surveillance

    Journalists who work in authoritarian environments tend to be under electronic surveillance. Surveillance is being frequently conducted at a mass scale and is intended to track what journalists in general are doing and what stories they are investigating. In some cases, surveillance has a specific target — electronic espionage intended to track the actions of a specific reporter and sources. The key question is as follows: if a journalist wants to combat electronic surveillance, how are you supposed to recognize when it’s happening? Here is how Jorge Luis Sierra would advise journalists who think that surveillance is a potential or actual threat to their privacy, personal safety, data security, and the identities of their sources:

    Tags: surveillance; security; espionage

    By Jorge Luis Sierra

    2018