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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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  • The College Scorecard: Why we have it and why you should ca

    The College Scorecard, conceived in response to the negative effects of high-profile college rankings, provided the public for the first time with information about the earnings of graduates who attended a school as well as their typical student loan debt and repayment rates. A vast federal database underlies the tool, including fields breaking down outcomes for socioeconomic and demographic groups at each school. This presentation will walk through what’s what in the database, as well as how to clean it, analyze it and turn it into stories, from quick hits to in-depth projects.

    Tags: school; college; university; higher ed; education

    By Kim Clark; Sarah Butrymowicz; Andrew Kreighbaum

    2018

  • Watchdog on deadline

    Ron Lin, metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times, lays out in his 50+ slides everything you need to know when breaking news hits. Lin offers tips on data, documents and sources you can use on deadline to beef up your breaking news coverage.

    Tags: breaking news

    By Ron Lin

    2017

  • Breaking news watchdog

    When breaking news hits, there's little time to figure out much of anything. Veteran reporter Erica Byfield gives a quick rundown of a game plan that's been tried and tested.

    Tags: breaking news; check list

    By Erica Byfield

    2017

  • Quick-ish Investigations

    Kendall Taggart provides tools and examples of fast investigations for newsrooms.

    Tags: fast; quick; hits

    By Kendall Taggart

    2017

  • 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

  • Investigating Agribusiness: The data and stories behind the untapped field of our food and fuel

    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 Pam Dempsey; Peggy Lowe; Nils Mulvad

    2016

  • Data for breaking news - slideshow

    What will you do the next time a plane crashes, the big storm hits or a politician gets caught in a scandal? We'll show you how you can prepare for the next big story using dashboards, searchable databases and more. We’ll also help you cover daily, general and everyday news by building your toolbox so you can use these techniques any time.

    Tags: data; breaking; news; emergency

    By John Keefe, Stephen Stock

    2016

  • Data for breaking news - tipsheets

    What will you do the next time a plane crashes, the big storm hits or a politician gets caught in a scandal? We'll show you how you can prepare for the next big story using dashboards, searchable databases and more. We’ll also help you cover daily, general and everyday news by building your toolbox so you can use these techniques any time.

    Tags: data; breaking; news; emergency

    By Stephen Stock

    2016

  • Quick-Hit Investigations: Daily Deadlines Don't Mean Dull Stories

    Investigative reporter Nancy Amons walks you through how to quickly and accurately investigate breaking news in this PowerPoint presentation. She points out links to have on hand when a story breaks and tips that will keep you organized while the clock ticks.

    Tags: quick hits; story ideas; deadline

    By Nancy Amons

    2015