Finding Sources in a New City

March 18th, 2009

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Evansville, Indiana… Topeka, Kansas… El Paso, Texas… oh, the places we’ll go! Starting reporters normally travel the country to find their first jobs and move around a lot in the first couple of years. Marilia Brocchetto set out to find information on how to find sources at your first couple of jobs.

Legal Issues in Investigative Reporting

March 18th, 2009

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When putting together an investigative piece there are several legal considerations to take into account. As Lauren Kilgore investigates, there are some simple steps and rules to live by to keep you from getting yourself into trouble.

Investigating Sports Stories

March 18th, 2009

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For many journalists, finding a good sports investigative story can often be a difficult task. However, Wells Dusenbury has some tips on how to approach this topic.

Computer-assisted Reporting

March 18th, 2009

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In today’s world the internet can be an investigative reporter’s best friend or worst enemy. Computer assisted research could possibly be the quickest and most effective way of searching for information to support your piece, but it’s not as simple as it seems. Suzette Peruyero reports.

Legal Know-how in Reporting

March 18th, 2009

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Just because a source won’t talk or refuses to hand over a public document doesn’t mean that your story is a failure. As Kyla Ryan reports, a little preparation and background knowledge of the law can help you get the information you need when it seems like your story has reached a dead end.

Getting Viewers Interested

March 18th, 2009

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Making a story last with viewers after it has aired is no easy task. Now imagine the story is a three-part investigative piece on tax reform. Reporter Steve Campion shows us some tips on getting viewers interested.

Creating Quality Sportscasts

March 18th, 2009

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Local sports departments are finding it harder and harder to keep viewers tuning into their sports block every night. Mike Ciadella spoke to two anchors, one from a large market and one from a small market, to find out how to make your sportscast fresh, interesting, and even a little advice for the aspiring sports broadcaster.

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Investigating Businesses

March 18th, 2009

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Investigating businesses can be difficult when you can’t find someone to talk. Reporter Jenni Geib gets tips from an established reporter, and talks to a corporation we all know very well.

Top Five Reporting Tips

March 18th, 2009

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Investigating a business can be a tough assignment to take on as a reporter. After pooling together a few local media experts, Brad Simon reports on the top five tips for investigating businesses for both print and broadcast stories.

Interviewing Public Information Officers

March 18th, 2009


Public information officers can be key sources for investigative reporters. There are things to keep in mind when speaking with and setting up appointments with PIOs. Jennifer S. has the tips all reporters need to know.