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High-stakes stories come with stressed reporters, scared sources, big expectations and the need to execute quickly and precisely. Outlined in this tipsheet are some simple processes and tricks editors can use to manage those challenges.
This is a story Doug Smith and his colleagues did for the LA Times on the small group of officers who were involved in multiple shootings in the line of duty. The story outlines the methods Smith, Lait and Glover used to uncover a pattern of violence among a relatively small number of police officers.