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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  • Self-editing moves you can start today

    Everyone needs an editor, to be sure. But you can become your first editor with these tangible tips and proven techniques for strengthening stories before you submit them. Learn from seasoned editors on how to make your stories sing. Editors, too, will pick up strategies for helping writers produce work that resonates with readers.

    Tags: self-editing; storytelling; editing; writing; editing techniques

    By Leslie Eaton, Amy Fiscus and Andy Hall

    2018

  • On the beat: Sports business stories you should be covering

    Sports, from high schools to the pros, are rife with money – and that makes them rich sources of investigative storylines. From campus connections to Super Bowl stadiums, this tipsheet will teach you how to find sports business stories in your community, how to follow the money to the next big scandal, and other hidden places you can find great sports investigations. This tipsheet also talks about imminent disruptions in college athletics that could overhaul the business of amateur sports.

    Tags: sports business; sports; college athletics; high school sports; professional sports; amateur sports

    By Steve Berkowitz, Noah Pransky and Jodi Upton

    2018

  • What is that politician hiding? And other backgrounding tips

    Election season is upon us. We’ll discuss the best tips, websites and tools for scrubbing candidates at all levels of government, from the Trump administration to City Hall to the courthouse. We’ll show you how to investigate through politicians' business ties, past work experience, public records and even family to find potential conflicts of interest while writing the investigative profile — plus other stories that help inform readers. You'll learn backgrounding techniques that can be used for stories about politicos in the never-ending election season or for profiles about everyday individuals in your community.

    Tags: backgrounding; politicians; public records; candidates; government; elections

    By Steve Eder and James Grimaldi

    2018

  • Investigative podcasts

    Learn how to report, produce and market a successful investigative podcast.

    Tags: podcast; investigative podcasts; podcasting; reporting

    By Arif Noorani, Susanne Reber and Connie Walker

    2019

  • Mastering the investigative interview

    Learn how to improve your investigative interviews and how to get the best information from sources.

    Tags: investigative interview; interviewing; sourcing

    By Julian Sher

    2019

  • The art of the investigative interview

    Watchdog stories pose special challenges, including how best to prep for interviews, approach sources, handle tough situations, navigate ethical trouble-spots and more. Learn how to master the interview to hold your sources accountable. Seasoned watchdog journalists also will provide tips on preventing your sources from hijacking and controlling the interview.

    Tags: interviewing; investigative interview; ethical concerns; sources

    By Chris Glorioso and Cheryl W. Thompson

    2019

  • Fellowships and grants for freelancers

    Leaders from organizations that give grants to freelancers explain what kinds of stories they are looking for and what you need to do to successfully apply for a grant. This will be a robust question and answer session.

    Tags: freelance; freelance grants; freelance fellowships; freelancing

    By Brant Houston, Esther Kaplan, Jane Sasseen, Cheryl W. Thompson and Laird Townsend

    2018

  • 60 ideas in 60 minutes

    Looking for story ideas? We’ve got 60 stories from broadcast investigative reporters that can be done in any market. Here is a tipsheet full of ideas that can keep you busy for months.

    Tags: story ideas; broadcast stories; investigation ideas

    By Rachel DePompa and Joe Ellis

    2018

  • Looking for accountability on the recovery efforts In Puerto Rico

    Almost eight months after Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico, the recovery effort is moving slowly and much remains to be investigated. Many cities in Florida and around the country are also dealing with an influx of Puerto Ricans who left and have not returned home. Journalists covering the crisis in Puerto Rico will share investigative strategies and techniques as well as issues they faced while covering the crisis that followed the massive storm including health issues, the disputed death count after the hurricane, scandals with the subcontractors hired to repair the electrical grid, and the government lack of transparency. Panelists will also talk about where to look for data stories and provide journalists the tools they need to investigate after a natural disaster.

    Tags: Puerto Rico; hurricane; recovery efforts; natural disaster; storm damage; health issues; death counts

    By Carla Minet, Frances Robles, Mc Nelly Torres and Luis Trelles

    2018

  • The nitty gritty, down & dirty truth about doing investigations for radio and podcasts

    The idea of mixing investigative reporting and audio storytelling isn’t new. But let’s face it, we could all level up. Whether you're interested in launching a multi-part series or producing a single episode, this session will help you learn how to turn your investigation into a compelling and successful audio story. We'll give you more than the basics, and spill our secrets about making documents come alive, scripting for the ear, gathering tape (even when you don’t get the interview), and above all, not leaving narratives behind.

    Tags: podcast; radio; storytelling; audio stories

    By Jacob Ryan, Kameel Stanley and Alain Stephens

    2018