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posted 11/12/2019
What stories are you ignoring? What stories might be consuming too much of your bandwidth? Are you spending too much time with one particular source? It's worth scrutinizing your inbox periodically.
posted 11/05/2019
As a reporter, you can do your part by both exposing the problems discovered by regulatory bodies and exposing the big gaps in the regulatory safety net.
posted 10/18/2019
Why you should investigate the unequal implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which turns 30 next year.
posted 10/15/2019
Nearly one out of every five kidneys donated in the United States ends up in the trash. At the same time, approximately 5,000 people die every year while waiting for a kidney.
posted 10/09/2019
I first became interested in jail suicides when I was reporting on the state prison in Montana, where I found that murders were quite uncommon inside the prison — but suicides were not.
posted 10/03/2019
Your job when using someone as a source is to make sure you're letting your audience know everything about that source that is relevant to that story.
posted 09/27/2019
There's most likely a Superfund site near you. Here's why all that nasty toxic waste is ripe for sustained investigative reporting, as contributor Bill Heisel explains.
posted 09/13/2019
Journalists should find out whether schools near them are making even a meaningful effort to encourage better eating among their students. Here are some ideas to get started.
posted 09/03/2019
It’s exciting to talk about going to jail to protect a source. But it’s much more practical to talk about how you can keep yourself out of court entirely.
posted 08/29/2019
The latest outbreak of a drug-resistant bacteria in beef and cheese reminds journalists that the development of antibiotic resistance in animals and humans is now a true health hazard. Here's how to start covering the story near you.

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posted 11/12/19
As a reporter, you can do your part by both exposing the problems discovered by regulatory bodies... more »
posted 11/05/19
Why you should investigate the unequal implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act,... more »
posted 10/18/19

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