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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  • Beyond Signal: Secure messaging channels & confidential tip pages

    To help ensure the safety of your sources and to empower you to get strong tips, this tipsheet examines a variety of secure channels that news organizations can offer on confidential tip pages, as well as the relative tradeoffs of these tools.

    Tags: security; messaging; secure; confidential

    By Martin Shelton

    2018

  • Which chart should I use, and why? Information design for the human brain!

    Explore how research into the ways people estimate numbers will change how you think about choosing charts to tell your stories. And, no, it doesn't mean everything is a bar chart. This slideshow also discuss your problem charts and brainstorm improvements. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vROVkoZ2RNpQ6HI57ZC_zUcyIMW9a_3tO4RJsKmtjDKATg_i3E6gwi6-TUo0Z8GpjwKC8ZXBlYC3J7N/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.p

    Tags: graphs; charts; visualization

    By Darla Cameron; Anna Flagg

    2018

  • First Python Notebook

    This textbook will guide you through an investigation of money in politics using data from the California Civic Data Coalition. You will learn just enough of the Python computer programming language to work with the pandas library, a popular open-source tool for analyzing data. The course will teach you how to use pandas to read, filter, join, group, aggregate and rank structured data. You will also learn how to record, remix and republish your analysis using the Jupyter Notebook, a browser-based application for writing code that is emerging as the standard for sharing reproducible research in the sciences. http://www.firstpythonnotebook.org/

    Tags: python; notebook; programming; data; analysis; jupyter

    By Ben Welsh; James Gordon; Cheryl Phillips

    2018

  • Covering climate change and its effects: Expectations, data, stories

    From sea level rise to crop yields, climate change is affecting many aspects of daily life and can be covered from any beat. This presentation from a journalist and a researcher will cover the most reliable sources of research and data on climate change, some of the most under-reported effects that make good story ideas, and ways to make your stories resonate with your audiences.

    Tags: climate change; global warming; research; environment

    By Neela Banerjee; Rita Teutonico

    2018

  • Web search & social media for investigators

    IRE's Denise Malan gives you tips for thinking like a researcher online in this presentation.

    Tags: web; internet; online; social media; twitter; facebook; location

    By Denise Malan

    2017

  • Web searches & social media for journalists

    IRE editorial director and former Virginian-Pilot reporter Sarah Hutchins offers great advice on how to develop the skills you need to become a smarter, more efficient online sleuth.

    Tags: social media; backgrounding; research; Facebook; Twitter; free tools

    By Sarah Hutchins

    2017

  • Web for watchdogs

    IRE training director Cody Winchester offers great tips on how to more effectively search the web web, how to find reliable information on deadline, and lists the latest search engines, data sites and other practical information you can use immediately.

    Tags: backgrounding; research; social media; free tools

    By Cody Winchester

    2017

  • Let’s get creepy: Backgrounding tips from a journalist and librarian

    This presentation contains useful advice for backgrounding individuals: from the basic to the more work-intensive.

    Tags: sources; pictures; people; person; research

    By Lauren Grandestaff; Sarah Hutchins

    2017

  • Pro Se Power! Acquiring Public Records by Filing Suit

    Time and time again we have seen journalists and citizens denied public record requests and left with no recourse other than to sue. Yet, how many journalists – or journalism organizations – have the resources or gumption to file a lawsuit? Unfortunately, very few, and research shows fewer news organizations are willing to sue. The intimidation factor itself is the largest barrier, and a lot of government agencies know that, following the unwritten policy of only releasing sensitive records when a suit is actually filed. You can stand up to that. Sometimes simply filing a lawsuit will dislodge the records, and at minimum it makes for a good news peg to expose unnecessary government secrecy. This handout will walk you through the pro se (pronounced “pro say”) process of suing on your own, and where you can get the resources to cover your costs. You can do it!

    Tags: pro se; costs; intimidation; courts; suit

    By David Cuillier; Jorge Rojas

    2017

  • In the Public Interest’s reports, briefs, and guides

    In the Public Interest is a nonprofit research and policy center committed to promoting the democratic control of public goods and services. We help citizens, public officials, advocates, and researchers better understand the impacts that government contracts and public-private partnerships have on service quality, democratic decision-making, and public budgets.

    Tags: nonprofit; policy; public

    By Donald Cohen

    2017