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One major key to digging deeper than your competition? Know your open records laws cold -- and use them. This is a sample public records request letter created for Washington reporters.
Thompson gives some great tips on how to be a compassionate reporter while investigating people who have been accused of something illegal. She includes a sample letter that will help you get an on-camera interview and the golden rules to remember.
Lopez shows how to find death records and provides a sample letter to send to the freedom of information officer.
A tipsheet on Hospital and medical data sources, what and how to search for them. Included are sample letters to health institutions requesting data and articles (not available online) published as a result of such investigations.