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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  • Using solutions journalism to make your investigations stronger

    What’s more powerful than a great investigation? A great investigation that also takes away excuses — by showing how others are doing better. A solutions component can add big impact and engagement to an investigative series. In this tipsheet, investigative reporters show how they bolstered their investigations of local wrongdoing by adding stories about other places doing better. And they teach techniques for writing solutions stories with the same rigor and heft as the rest of the series.

    Tags: solutions journalism; solutions-focused investigations; impact; engagement

    By Meg Kissinger, Tina Rosenberg and Perla Trevizo

    2018

  • 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

  • Aiming for impact and dealing with the fallout

    Months of watchdog work ends with compelling journalism, and sometimes also fallout from the subjects the stories are written about or others in your community. In some cases, the reaction means sources you once freely spoke to will no longer talk, or your FOIA requests become waiting games or go unanswered. It can be even more extreme: The subjects of the stories harm themselves or others. How do reporters and editors handle the fallout when the big projects are over? This tipsheet will discuss tips for both reporters and editors who find themselves in similar situations.

    Tags: sources; fallout; reactions

    By R.G. Dunlop, Katrice Hardy and Phil Williams

    2018

  • Who’s your audience? Building investigative stories with impact

    Investigative reporters can invest months, even years, on a project. But if they don't invest the time to create a strategy early on, during the reporting process, it may not reach the audience it needs to have the impact it deserves. This tipsheet highlights successful and practical engagement strategies for investigative storytelling.

    Tags: audience; reach; engagement strategies; investigative storytelling

    By Rick Hirsch

    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

  • Visual storytelling: A new perspective

    Every great investigation deserves stunning visualization. Don’t let your visuals be an afterthought. Join our skilled panelists as they provide inspiration, tips, and discussion on how to create investigations so eye-catching, you can’t help but get noticed. From the fundamentals of visual storytelling to creating impactful images that stimulate action – “A new perspective” will send you home with ways to improve the look of your next investigation.

    Tags: storytelling; visual storytelling; visualizations; images

    By Brendan Keefe, Anna Hewson and Andy Miller

    2018

  • Tapping your community to enhance your investigation

    Check out this tipsheet to learn how you can generate interest to launch an investigation that leads to accountability and results for your community - plus how this method can help share, market and showcase the project for its biggest impact.

    Tags: investigations; community; accountability; sharing projects; impact

    By Adriana Gallardo, Jeanne Pinder, Jesse Hardman and Josh Hinkle

    2018

  • How to turn your investigation into a narrative: Getting them to read to the very last word

    Deep reporting? Check. Killer interviews? Check. But how do you pull it all together? Learn from master storytellers on key approaches to organization, writing, revising and self-editing to produce compelling stories with high impact.

    Tags: storytelling; narrative writing; organization; editing

    By Jim Steele

    2018

  • Multimedia storytelling: putting it together for impact

    Transform your website into a must-see site for your community. Multimedia storytelling tips will cover text, visuals and interactives. These days, no one really is a "print" reporter or "broadcaster." The tools of the trade -- words, images, video, audio, searchable data, interactive graphics and maps -- are available regardless of primary platform. See success stories and ways to work across multiple platforms to produce stronger enterprise stories.

    Tags: storytelling; multimedia; visuals; interactives; audio; video; graphics

    By Hannah Sender

    2019

  • Data journalism for local investigations

    Whether you're a data novice or savvy numbers cruncher, you'll learn about key data sets that can help you deliver watchdog stories with high impact.

    Tags: local investigations; data; New York; datasets

    By Lylla Younes

    2019