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  • Getting Started

    This tipsheet walks the reader through the process of forming an investigative reporting team, or just simply writing an investigative story.

    Tags: investigative reporting; getting started; reporting; beginning reporters

    By Luz Rimban

    2003

  • 50 CAR Ideas for Your Beat

    Handout explains that CAR is not just for special projects or for big investigative pieces. Notes that a fruitful program combines both short and long term projects. The handout outlines some of the things to look for and how to identify CAR projects.

    Tags: CAR Tips Beat Reporting

    By Carol Napolitano

    1994

  • Ten Top Tips from Editor Perspective

    "Ten Top Tips from Editor Perspective" is written to help journalists understand how to relate to their editor within an investigative project; hints include being able to express the focus of a project in one declarative sentence, understating findings rather than overstating them and being prepared for the morning after by listing who to call for reaction and follow-up.

    Tags: editor

    By Jack Driscoll

    1994

  • 12 Steps to Sterling School Coverage

    "12 Steps to Sterling School Coverage" gives strategies for effectively covering the education beat; tips include recognizing the importance of the beat, framing stories into the bigger picture, following the money, following the students, following the promises, keeping a sharp investigative eye out even when assigned puff pieces, making connections with the larger picture and not being negative all of the time.

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    By Rosemary Armao

    1994

  • Writing Tips for TV News

    "Writing Tips for TV News" is a thorough description of the steps of writing an effective investigative piece for television, including pre-writing and actual writing, where in the writing process to shoot footage and division of the process and the style.

    Tags: 10 pages

    By Erin Hayes

    1994

  • Top Ten Tips for Quick Hits

    "Top Ten Tips for Quick Hits" gives handy tips to make the most effective use of your time, from simple things like keeping the number and taking notes on everyone you meet to establishing chronologies to writing stories (not sociological studies).

    Tags: Investigative Reporting Basics; Newsgathering

    By Tom Honig

    1994

  • Tips for keeping that big project going

    "Tips for Keeping that Big Project Going" details how to think of ideas for projects, how to research for them and how to get the reporting done within the confines of distractions from daily stories and other problems.

    Tags: Newsgathering; Investigative Reporting

    By Laura Frank

    1994

  • Top Ten Tips for Quick Hits

    "Top Ten Tips for Quick Hits" lists activities and habits reporters can develop to do better investigative pieces. Tips range from "Use resources that are right under your nose" to "Write a daily memo." A basic primer for outlets with limited resources on finding and pursuing an investigative story.

    Tags: Investigative Reporting Methods; Newsgathering; Small-budget newsrooms

    By Tom Honig

    1993

  • Resources on International Organized Crime

    This tipsheet includes a list of useful links for reporting on international organized crime. Categories of links include: general links, money laundering links, drug links, crime syndicates links, and human trafficking links. In addition, the tipsheet contains a list of about 20 story ideas. Spanish-language tipsheet: 2861

    Tags: international reporting; international organized crime; crime; drugs; money laundering; trafficking

    By David E. Kaplan

    2003

  • Note to Writers on Investigative Techniques

    "Note to Writers on Investigative Techniques" is a primer for all elements of writing an investigative piece, or expanding a piece not thought to be investigative on its' surface. The first half consists of ten steps to writing an investigative piece, including basics such as filing an FOIA request, keeping a clip-file, etc.; the second half explains adapting it to magazine format.

    Tags: FOI

    By David Weir

    1993