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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  • Analyzing satellite imagery with Google Earth Engine

    This presentation teaches the basics of Earth Engine, Google's planetary-scale platform for geospatial analysis and visualization. https://sites.google.com/view/earthengine-nicar-2017/home

    Tags: google; earth; analysis; visualization

    By Chris Herwig; Eric Sagara; Vanessa Schneider

    2017

  • Marrying documents and data (aka Investigative Reporting)

    This tipsheet from Tom McGinty shows how to combine investigative techniques, using both documents and data in reporting.

    Tags: investigative; data; documents

    By Tom McGinty

    2017

  • Investigating for Radio and Podcasting

    Learn new techniques for investigative reporting for radio and podcast formats.

    Tags: radio; podcast; audio

    By Neena Satija

    2017

  • Digging Deeper with Data and Documents

    Move beyond anecdotes and he-said, she-said journalism with data and documents. Advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records, understanding records retention schedules, exploring key records on a variety of beats and becoming familiar with key national data sets to produce high-impact local stories.

    Tags: data; documents; public records; national; sets

    By Jennifer LaFleur

    2017

  • Latest search and social tools and techniques for investigative reporting

    This tipsheet takes you through some of the latest social tools and techniques to help investigative reporting.

    Tags: social; tools; techniques

    By Barbara Gray

    2017

  • Getting the goods

    Learn how to get the records you need with this tipsheet.

    Tags: FOI; public records; databases; government

    By Jennifer LaFleur

    2016

  • Digging into Alaska Native Corporations and other businesses

    This tipsheet shows you how to best go about investigating business, specifically Alaska Native Corporations.

    Tags: alaska; corporations; business

    By Jennifer LaFleur

    2016

  • Consider the source: Building expertise on trauma for better watchdog + investigative reporting

    How reporters approach, interview and tell the stories of trauma survivors can cause harm or produce narratives that help improve the public’s understanding of subjects like sexual and domestic violence, human trafficking, mass shootings and disasters. Journalists need a basic understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain to be able to interpret and responsibly report stories of human suffering. They must also consider the need for greater transparency about reporting methods and processes with people recovering from the impact of trauma. How journalists balance the demands of the story with compassion for trauma survivors can produce better journalism.

    Tags: reporting; interviewing; sexual; domestic; violence

    By Katherine Reed

    2016

  • Turning your investigation into: A book - tipsheet

    Non-fiction book writing is a creatively satisfying (and sometimes lucrative) way of taking your investigative project to the next level, and to a potentially global audience. It ‘s a great way to make use of all that research and reporting you did for your project that didn’t “make it in.” And it’s one of the last bastions of in-depth investigative reporting, especially for those not still working for large mainstream media outlets. Even though bookstores are closing, there are many exciting opportunities on publishing’s digital frontier. These published author/journalists share their best advice, and offer lessons learned and cautionary tales.

    Tags: books; writing; investigation; publishing

    By Mike Stanton

    2016

  • New tools for political accountability reporting

    From engaging the public with background checks on public officials to programmatically identifying model bills in state legislatures, this session will focus on new tools you can use to bring greater accountability to the political process. The Background Machine is an open-source tool that uses crowd-funding and tips to organize and pay for deep checks on political candidates. The Legislative Influence Detector is a powerful tool using an algorithm to identify similar or identical phrases in legislation, comparing bills introduced throughout the United States. And what’s best, we’re giving away what we’ve developed. With just a list of candidates, you can start using The Background Machine in your newsroom for this election, and by changing just a few lines of AZCIR’s LID python code, you can start finding model legislation introduced in your state.

    Tags: political reporting; backgrounding; checks; public officials

    By Brandon Quester

    2016