The Necessity of Background Research in Reporting

Many a reporter has fallen into the trap of running before they walk. They may have a tip or a hunch and head off for the races without doing the most basic and fundamental step required in reporting: mastering the subject they’re investigating.

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A Vintage Way to Find Sources

An old-school method of getting numbers can still be your best tool for finding sources

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How I Got the Story: Exploitation of American Military

Renowned journalist Diana B. Henriques shares what it took to report her award-winning series that exposed how members of the military were being taken advantage of by shady financial firms.

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How I Got the Story: In God's Name

Severe abuse, isolation cells, stomach-churning food—Alexandra Zayas covered it all in her Pulitzer-finalist series, "In God's Name." Gain insights from her reporting journey here.

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Sara Stewart: What I Learned Working with The Hatch Institute

Journalist Sara Stewart recounts how working with The Hatch Institute helped her.

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How to use LexisNexis Biographies

How to use LexisNexis' Biographies function.

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How to Use CourtListener

Learn how to use a great tool for searching court records.

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How to Use All My Tweets

Learn how to use a powerful tool for parsing through a person's Twitter feed.

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Bring Out Your Dead

Why you should always ask the FBI for its files on the deceased

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How to Obtain Gun Permit Records

You may not realize it, but it's possible for reporters to obtain lists of area gun owners―information that can often yield interesting information.

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Tweet Dreams

How to handle Twitter as a source

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How I Got the Story: Breathless and Burdened

Severely sick miners. Shady legal practices. Negligent companies. Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hamby covered it all while reporting in coal country.
 

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How to Pitch an Investigative Story

There are established pitch protocols and without them, your blockbuster piece might never find an audience.

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How I Got the Story: Insane. Invisible. In Danger.

Pulitzer-winning journalist Leonora LaPeter Anton takes us behind the scenes of her reportage of negligent mental institutions in Florida.

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Citizen Journalism

With fake news and misinformation at an all-time high, here’s how you can step up — and hold our leaders accountable

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Finding Sources

Sometimes, the simple act of finding a person, whether a war criminal, a witness, a spy, an executive, or a hero, is the most important job of a journalist. The question is: How?

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Talking to Sources

There are many approaches to journalism, but if you can't convince strangers to reveal details, you won't succeed.

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