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  • #MeToo U: Sexual assault on campus

    Covering rape and sexual violence at universities comes with a whole range of obstacles, not the least of which is gaining trust of victims. Find out how to get – and vet – reports of sexual assault on college campuses through police reports, data, court cases, school files and other public records at public and private institutions. Get some advice on finding and building trust with sources, especially students, in the uniquely insular campus climate

    Tags: campus sexual assault; sexual violence; rape; universities; college campuses; public schools; private schools

    By Alex Stuckey, Kenny Jacoby and Paula Lavigne

    2018

  • Localizing the investigation: Sexual misconduct

    From city halls to statehouses across the country, politicians are facing scrutiny like never before. Secrets about sexual impropriety and misdeeds once brushed aside as mere rumor have gained traction, in part to because of the #MeToo movement. Learn from state government and political reporters who have uncovered sexual misconduct allegations against elected officials. They will give tips on how to access investigation reports that are difficult to find or not considered open records, build and maintain relationships with reluctant sources who are afraid to speak out, vet information, and manage the fallout.

    Tags: sexual misconduct; sexual assault; MeToo; local government; state government; public officials

    By Bente Birkeland, Jim Brunner and Joel Ebert

    2018

  • Notes from the field for successful military reporting and investigations

    The military has its own unique culture, one that requires its own formal education. But despite its exclusivity, the Pentagon requires a consistent level of scrutiny from the working press on behalf of the American people as they too have problems we see in everyday society. From war on foreign battlefields and secret classified missions to sexual assault and post-traumatic stress, service members are voiceless as they are often discouraged from speaking candidly to the media. For the new or even seasoned reporter, the task of covering the largest U.S. government agency can be daunting. This tipsheet will be current " notes from the field" from experienced journalists on how to navigate these closed-off waters in order to effectively report on the U.S. military.

    Tags: military; U.S. military; military investigations; post-traumatic stress; sexual assault; battlefields

    By James LaPorta

    2018

  • Finding, nurturing and protecting sources

    This tipsheet will share techniques and strategies essential to landing and protecting the most sensitive and delicate sources around - sexual assault victims, government administrators, whistleblowers and insiders within criminal organizations.

    Tags: sourcing; sources; protecting sources; sensitive sources

    By Mary Hargrove

    2018

  • Tackling sexual harassment and misconduct

    The #MeToo movement has opened the floodgates for coverage of sexual harassment, misconduct and crimes. Get tips and advice on navigating the tricky topic, including ethical considerations, reporting strategies and follow-ups.

    Tags: sexual assault; sexual harassment; sexual misconduct; sexual abuse; Nassar; USA Gymnastics; Spotlight; priests

    By Marisa Kwiatkowski

    2018

  • Who’s investigating college sports?

    From kid leagues to college, lots of money and shifting rules make the playing field tough for anyone trying to uncover the rougher side of sports. Little League organizations have virtually no oversight of their finances or rules. High school athletic associations are nonprofit groups that lord over millions of teenage athletes and can loft hefty punishments against students, most of whom never will play in college. And at colleges, TV money has tripled athletics revenue, which has warped spending at a lot of schools, enriching coaches and marketing agencies alike. But name and likeness lawsuits, helmet safety issues, Title IX lawsuits, player pay and other issues have started demanding a piece of that money. At the same time, bribery scandals, academic fraud, sexual assault and other problems can make you wonder if anyone’s really in charge. Here's what you need to know about the changing landscape and where to find documents and data to help uncover these important local sports stories.

    Tags: athletics; college; university; ncaa

    By Jodi Upton

    2018

  • Game on! Covering college athletics

    From kid leagues to college, lots of money and shifting rules make the playing field tough for anyone trying to uncover the rougher side of sports. Little League organizations have virtually no oversight of their finances or rules. High school athletic associations are nonprofit groups that lord over millions of teenage athletes and can loft hefty punishments against students, most of whom never will play in college. And at colleges, TV money has tripled athletics revenue, which has warped spending at a lot of schools, enriching coaches and marketing agencies alike. But name and likeness lawsuits, helmet safety issues, Title IX lawsuits, player pay and other issues have started demanding a piece of that money. At the same time, bribery scandals, academic fraud, sexual assault and other problems can make you wonder if anyone’s really in charge. Here's what you need to know about the changing landscape and where to find documents and data to help uncover these important local sports stories.

    Tags: athletics; college; university; ncaa

    By Christopher Schnaars

    2018

  • Sexual assault among K-12 students

    This tipsheet teaches how to investigate sexual assault among elementary to high school kids.

    Tags: k-12; abuse; sex; school

    By Maud Beelman

    2017

  • Sexual assault on campus

    Sex assault and other sex crimes are, unfortunately, a topic that will provide a story on any campus. Even though campus authorities tend to be closed-mouthed when it comes to sexual assault, there are a ton of avenues open to reporters willing to fight for data and records and this tipsheet shows you how. (Powerpoint slides for this tipsheet are filed under no. 4233)

    Tags: sexual assault; campus; university; data; college; campus police, Clery report; crime; criminal justice

    By Samantha Sunne, Walt Bogdanich, David Donald, Jill Riepenhoff

    2014

  • Sexual assault on campus (slides)

    Data editor and former IRE training director David Donald gives tips, shares links and offers advice to others doing stories and investigations into sexual assaults as part of a slideshow to accompany tipsheet no. 4234.

    Tags: sexual assault; campus; university; data; college; Office of Violence Against Women; crime; criminal justice

    By David Donald

    2014