These are html versions of some of my favorite handouts, many of which were gathered over the years at panels of the annual convention of Investigative Reporters and Editors. In some instances, the authors are not known. If you have any info or changes to make, please notify me by email at
ca s s idy ny @ e art hlink .net (remove the spaces) Feel free to download these pages and thank the authors.

Investigative Reporting Resources
Pages that are kept at this site
Links to other sites
Pat Stith's pointers on investigative reporting

Don Ray on : 
*  Getting the most out of land records
25 questions to ask before trashing the A wire
    (localizing national stories)
*  Why anybody talks to journalist
*  Scoring the perfect interview

Lou Rose's Truths About Investigative Reporting

Jeff South on localizing data from federal agencies

Joel Kaplan on investigating from the beat , 20 records to look for.

Laura Frank's tips on keeping the big project going

Rick Desloge has 7 tips on covering bankruptcy court

Eric Nalder on
*   Loosening Lips: The Art of the Interview
*   Breaking and Entering: Dissecting an Organization
*   A 12-step Program for Using Public Disclosure Laws

Five Easy Pieces -- an SEC starter kit & other tips for checking out companies

How to Conduct A Historical Investigation

Practical Advice about Interviewing & Fact Gathering

Monk Manny's guide to source development and interviewing: All I ever needed came from The Bible and selling shampoo.
(Manny Garcia of the Miami Herald)

Tips on backgrounding a subject

Josh Meyer's primer: Court Records 101

Insider's Guide to Congress by Karen Masterson

Philadelphia Inquirer's investigation into police records

Bill Krueger's 10 tips for finding transportation scams

Kitty Bennett's list of experts and sources and where to find them

IRE's jumping off point for journalism resources , organized by beat 

NewsLink from AJR 

A pointers page on copyright and fair use

Duff Wilson's FOIA fundamentals

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Web interface to WHOIS

CyberTimes Navigator from the NY Times research staff 

Experts and sources via PROFNET

Searchable journalism links from Scoop Cybersleuth 

Computer-Assisted Reporting
Pages and files that are kept at this site
Links to other sites

The top 38 excuses why government agencies don't give up data (and what to do about it)

Ted Sherman and I did a tutorial on spreadsheets

Pat Stith's 5 things you need to know about 9-track tapes

Sarah Cohen's Danger! Numbers in the Newsroom

Heather Newman's primer on transportation data

Richard Mullins:
*  excellent advice on SQL (from NICAR's web site)
*  'Journalist's FoxPro Library' (20Kb zip fle)
*  SQL upsizing program for FoxPro 2.6 (6Kb zip file)

Start-to-Finish CAR: The Data Is In - Now What?
  1. Sarah Cohen on The First Pass
  2. Rose Ciotta on Lab to Field and Back Again
  3. Chris Schmitt Getting the Critical Scrutiny
Bill Dedman's 10-Step Plan for Computer-Assisted Reporting and lots of other CAR and Web tips

Drew Sullivan's Database of Databases and other good stuff

  • Chip Scanlon (of the Poynter Institute ) on 'Storytelling on Deadline'
  • Jim Neff on writing the project with story structure
  • Mary Pat Flaherty's thoughts on interviewing and writing (excellent!) 
  • Great list of books on interviewing, writing, storytelling, grammar and editing

  • Campaign Finance Links
    The Campaign Finance Information Center * Center for Analysis of Public Issues * The Federal Election Commission
    Tony Raymond's FEC site *
    Campaign Finance Data & Links (Kenneth Mayer) 


    last updated May 3, 2004