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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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  • Data analysis in R (beginner)

    Peter Aldhous shows how to analyze data using 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 making graphics and analyzing and processing data. Indeed, just about anything you may want to do with data can be done with R, from web scraping to making interactive graphics. http://paldhous.github.io/NICAR/2017/r-analysis.html

    Tags: data analysis; analyze; data; R; squl

    By Peter Aldhous

    2017

  • Environmental Journalism and First Amendment Issues

    This tipsheet provides examples of stories where environmental journalists faced problems with the First Amendment during their reporting and coverage. It also offers websites that have additional help on this issue and Freedom of Information Act tips.

    Tags: first amendment; freedom

    By

    2004

  • Laboratory Testing as a Beat Reporting Tool Or: How to do the job your environmental regulator maybe isn’t

    Laboratory testing can be a reporter’s best friend: An instant story. It can be conducted simply (a few easy story ideas are below) or with a broad, groundbreaking scope. It can be the story — or a reinforcing complement. A few ideas for getting started.

    Tags: lab; testing; scientists; regulators; science

    By Rob Davis

    2016

  • The story of the 21st Century: Improving the quality, accuracy, and visibility of environmental reporting

    This tipsheet contains tips on improving the quality, accuracy, and visibility of environmental reporting.

    Tags: green; environment; stories; beat

    By Mark Schleifstein

    2016

  • Finding stories on the Green Beat

    This presentation contains advice for journalists looking for stories about the environment.

    Tags: green; environment; stories; beat

    By Ben Raines

    2016

  • Covering Environmental Stories in Kenya

    These documents provide insight into techniques used to find environmental stories in Kenya.

    Tags: kenya; story ideas; eco; environment; health

    By Rosalia Omungo

    2016

  • Tipsheet for real-time reporting on rising sea levels

    Climate change isn’t a future threat. It is happening now. Whether drought, increased rainfall, higher average temperatures, greater extremes, look for ways to document the changes and impact of what already has occurred. Here are tips focused on finding evidence in your community of the effects rising sea levels have had on the shoreline.

    Tags: climate change; coastal; environment

    By Deborah Nelson

    2016

  • Rising waters: Investigating the impact of storms and the shrinking coast

    Unless you're an intrepid eco-tourist, you're not likely to see what passes for a coastline in Louisiana. Likewise, casual visitors don't frequent the Houston Ship Channel. And many marshy inlets of Chesapeake Bay are known only to dedicated crabbers. But activity in each place affects the lives of millions not far inland. Panelists will talk about getting the information that matters most to your audience, and how best to make it accessible, relevant and compelling.

    Tags: climate change; coastal; environment

    By Neena Satija

    2016

  • Covering agribusiness

    GMO labeling. Monsanto. Factory-farming. Agribusiness is a multibillion-dollar industry with strong local, national, and international reach. It touches on many issues of our everyday lives – from food to fuel, labor, public funds, environment and government policy. Yet in-depth and investigative coverage of these important issues are scarce. We’ll share our own experiences fighting for data in international courts, turning investigative stories into compelling audio pieces and using data to produce valuable quick-hits to help you better navigate the field of agribusiness and tell deeper and more accurate stories.

    Tags: agriculture; business; investigation; resources

    By Nils Mulvad

    2016

  • Investigating agribusiness: tipsheet

    GMO labeling. Monsanto. Factory-farming. Agribusiness is a multibillion-dollar industry with strong local, national, and international reach. It touches on many issues of our everyday lives – from food to fuel, labor, public funds, environment and government policy. Yet in-depth and investigative coverage of these important issues are scarce. We’ll share our own experiences fighting for data in international courts, turning investigative stories into compelling audio pieces and using data to produce valuable quick-hits to help you better navigate the field of agribusiness and tell deeper and more accurate stories.

    Tags: agriculture; business; investigation; resources

    By Mike McGraw

    2016