Journalism Archive

10 Brief Reporting Lessons Available On Sound Cloud

Posted April 9, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Do you wish you could make it to a conference of the Investigative Reporters & Editors? At the group’s NICAR (better known now as “data journalism”) meeting last month, experts in several areas offered up “Lightning talks” which give you good lessons ranging from  stopping the feeling that you are an impostor to data tracking of 911 calls.     More  

Check Those Facts. Smart Suggestions To Get It Right.

Posted April 2, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Today (April 2) is International Fact Checking Day.    Check your favorite journalism sites and you will likely see excellent suggestions for snooping our fake news and doing a better job of fact checking.   I found some advice from across the pond that may be helpful, especially for reporters trying to do investigative work.     More  

Tips on Covering Drug Prices

Posted March 5, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Whether it is a U.S. Senator announcing a proposal to lower the cost of drugs or an advocacy group arguing for state regulations on prices, you will likely encounter this topic. It is one that will interest your viewers or listeners.    You will be doing them a service if you know what you are talking about.     More  

Tips For Covering Teachers’ Unions In Illinois & Elsewhere

Posted February 26, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Harvard’s Journalist’s Resource site has a good tip sheet of a half dozen tips on covering teachers unions.   A link to the full article is at the bottom.   A couple of the suggestions caught my eye.

Get to know people in various levels of union leadership

Develop relationships with people in leadership positions within the local teachers union as well as the statewide teachers union (Illinois Education Association &  More  

Reporter’s Checklist For Accuracy

Posted February 19, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Reporters always feel rushed.   Take the extra time with these simple steps to make sure your story is accurate.  It may sound basic, but it is important to be “Brilliant On The Basics”, as someone once said.

I first came across this list from Deborah Potter who ran Newslab in the early 2000’s.   More  

Free Training On Verifying The Facts

Posted February 5, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Good reporters are always trying to get better at their job.   Everyone wants great stories and wants to avoid mistakes.  Here is a series of online tutorials that can make you better at verification!

This training will help you avoid mistakes that could undermine the work you do.   More  

Tips On Improving Your Coverage Of The Local Economy.

Posted January 22, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Our Tip of the Week comes from The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University.

To cover a local or regional economy, you need to know what makes it tick. Find a few lists, or compile them on your own:

• Fortune 500 companies based in your area

• Other local publicly held companies

• The largest privately owned companies in your region

• The 10 largest employers in your locality.  More