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  • 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

  • Covering immigrant communities

    As immigration protests, crackdowns and policy fights become more common, it can be easy to lose sight of many other issues that impact immigrant communities. This tipsheet covers strategies to spot and report stories beyond immigration enforcement — although we will touch on how to deal with government agencies too. This tipsheet also teaches about building sources who can be reluctant to talk, broadening stories beyond the anecdote, covering immigration issues even if it's not your regular beat or jumping into your first project and reporting enterprise stories if you are a beat immigration reporter.

    Tags: immigrant communities; immigration; immigrant issues

    By Howard Berkes, Brittny Mejia, Maria Perez and Perla Trevizo

    2018

  • The data sets every government reporter should have

    Veteran data and government reporters team up to share a list of data sets that can give you a competitive edge in both breaking news and long-term investigations. Walk away from this panel with a wide-ranging list of local and national databases you can request or download immediately, along with related story ideas that will position you to lead coverage while holding governments of all levels accountable. Databases covered will include topics as diverse as payroll, pensions, settlements, vendor information, check registers, immigration courts, voter registration, licensed professionals, property tax, and much more.

    Tags: government data; datasets; national government databases; payroll; pensions; settlements; vendor information; check registers; immigration courts; voter registration; licensed professionals; property tax

    By Jennifer Peebles and Claudia Vargas

    2018

  • Finding immigration stories in data about communities and people

    Covering immigration is more than raids and rallies and restaurants. As the share of immigrant Americans nears record levels, it's finding stories about how immigrants change once here, and how they change the people and places around them. It's also knowing how to knock down myths and fears with facts. Learn how reporters use Census and other demographic data to cover immigration and how it's changing your community.

    Tags: immigration; immigration reporting; census; demographic data

    By Tim Henderson and Paul Overberg

    2018

  • Immigration stories in your community

    Learn how to cover immigration in your community, along with the best datasets to use and the laws to know.

    Tags: immigration; immigration data

    By Melissa del Bosque

    2019

  • Investigating Immigration

    Move beyond routine stories about immigrants and immigration by digging deeper on key documents and data that might be new to you. You’ll learn where different datasets are located at the local, state and federal level as well as how to use alternative data sources to cover immigration. Regardless of where you live or work, you'll learn a variety of fresh story ideas and tips for producing watchdog stories about immigration that make a difference in your community.

    Tags: immigrants; data; sets; story; immigration

    By Maria Zamudio; Sarah Macaraeg; Pam Dempsey; Reade Levinson

    2018

  • Finding the Story: Immigration data

    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. In this tipsheet, you’ll go through some of the most useful datasets available and talk about some of the data that’s a bit tougher to find. It talks about how to use that data to get leads on local and national stories — and what to do when the government is not providing data about its immigration actions.

    Tags: undocumented; immigrants; migration; family

    By Angilee Shah

    2018

  • Finding​ ​the​ ​Story:​ ​Immigration​ ​data

    The numbers surrounding immigration can often be daunting and, sometimes, hard to track down. In this tipsheet, you'll find some of the most useful data sets available — and learn about some of the data that’s a bit tougher to find.

    Tags: immigrants; data; sets; story; immigration

    By Angilee​ ​Shah

    2017

  • Covering immigration ... When you don’t live near a border!

    This presentation will be useful for journalists wanting to cover immigration from far away from the border.

    Tags: border; immigrants

    By Daniel Connolly

    2017