Journalism Archive

Do You Know What You’re Talking About When You Read The Jobs Numbers?

Posted June 12, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

It helps to know what those numbers mean.   We tick off how many new jobs there are and where the unemployment rate stands.   You will be so much better at reporting such issues if you know what the other numbers mean and where to find a ton of stuff to round out the story.     More  

A Tool To See What Media Is Covering

Posted May 14, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Our IBA Newsroom Tip Of The Week comes from Samantha Sunne at Tools For Reporters.  Be sure to sign up for its mailings.

You can use Media Cloud to search the text published by news outlets to see what they’re covering.  Sunne says “There’s a LOT of claims out there about “the media covers this,  More  

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