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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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  • Going Deep on Breaking News

    The 24-hour news cycle and the link economy – sharing of news stories over social networks – has changed reader expectations around major news events. The pressure to stay on top of daily developments is more intense than it has ever been. Even on so-called "commodity news" - a press briefing, a protest march - you cannot afford to be late. If your story does not appear near the top in search, or is not shared widely in social media, you lose eyeballs – maybe forever. As a result, it can be tough to find the time or bandwidth to pursue or develop quick turn enterprise or deeper investigations – stories that advance a continuous news event, or even change the outline of the narrative. But this kind of work is essential. Breaking news coverage attracts visitors; enterprise and investigations during breaking news can help turn visitors into paying subscribers. Here are some ways to balance the demands of daily coverage with the need to go deeper. They apply especially to the first days and weeks after a breaking news event. They worked well for us at the Star Tribune in the first two weeks after the shooting of Philando Castile.

    Tags: social media; breaking; news; investigations

    By Eric Wieffering

    2017

  • How to find narratives in the numbers

    Learn about the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story, "Doctors & Sex Abuse" in this presentation from Shawn McIntosh.

    Tags: narrative; people; humanizing; medical; doctors

    By Shawn McIntosh

    2017

  • Tell me a story I won’t forget

    We will discuss how to outline, weave narratives throughout your investigation and avoid being boring. Learn how to keep your future writing in mind as you report and getting the details needed to create a high-impact investigation.

    Tags: writing; storytelling; story; narrative

    By Ellen Gabler

    2017

  • 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

  • Project Process - constructing the narrative tipsheet

    Want to turn an investigation into a 12,000-word story without a nut graph? Then this is the panel for you. We’ll share lessons from the Pulitzer Prize-winning “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a dual-track narrative that broke with convention while exemplifying the benefits of two writers and two news organizations partnering up. We’ll talk about suspense, voice, shifts in perspective, jumps in time, and layers of reveal. We'll also offer tips on how to report a story in a way that will allow you to tell it cinematically.

    Tags: narrative; writing; voice; suspense

    By T. Christian Miller

    2016

  • Constructing the narrative: An unbelievable story of rape - tipsheet

    Want to turn an investigation into a 12,000-word story without a nut graph? Then this is the panel for you. We’ll share lessons from the Pulitzer Prize-winning “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a dual-track narrative that broke with convention while exemplifying the benefits of two writers and two news organizations partnering up. We’ll talk about suspense, voice, shifts in perspective, jumps in time, and layers of reveal. We'll also offer tips on how to report a story in a way that will allow you to tell it cinematically.

    Tags: narrative; writing; voice; suspense

    By Ken Armstrong

    2016

  • Humanizing Numbers

    Data helps you tell your story, yet for journalists, the most important work remains the human story and giving insight into individuals. Read this tipsheet to see how data journalists help their readers empathize and how they balance analysis with narrative. Panelists will share how they write effectively about statistics, use data to find real people to interview, and develop data visualizations that bring numbers to life. We will show great examples that we admire and we'll share concrete tips from our own work.

    Tags: humanizing; data; numbers; narrative; writing; visualizations

    By Elizabeth Shell

    2016

  • Humanizing Numbers

    Data helps you tell your story, yet for journalists, the most important work remains the human story and giving insight into individuals. Read this tipsheet to see how data journalists help their readers empathize and how they balance analysis with narrative. Panelists will share how they write effectively about statistics, use data to find real people to interview, and develop data visualizations that bring numbers to life. We will show great examples that we admire and we'll share concrete tips from our own work.

    Tags: humanizing; data; numbers; narrative; writing; visualizations

    By Andrew Lehren

    2016

  • Humanizing Numbers

    Data helps you tell your story, yet for journalists, the most important work remains the human story and giving insight into individuals. Read this tipsheet to see how data journalists help their readers empathize and how they balance analysis with narrative. Panelists will share how they write effectively about statistics, use data to find real people to interview, and develop data visualizations that bring numbers to life. We will show great examples that we admire and we'll share concrete tips from our own work.

    Tags: humanizing; data; numbers; narrative; writing; visualizations

    By Kendall Taggart

    2016

  • Structured Journalism Tipsheet

    Learn how news organizations are deploying structured databases that can be used to create narratives, visualizations and contextual information for traditional stories on the Web. Also, hear the inside story of some of the latest experiments in structured journalism.

    Tags: databases; narrative; visualization; contextual information

    By David Caswell

    2016