Reporter's Handbook: An Investigator's Guide to Documents and Techniques / Edition 3

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Overview

Written under the sponsorship of Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., this new edition of The Reporter's Handbook has been thoroughly revised. Now packed with greater detail than the previous edition, this comprehensive source-book examines how to investigate a wide rariety of subjects. It lists the most useful records and documents associated with each topic, explains where to get them and how to use them. It also identifies hundreds of private and government documents and human sources.

Organized by subject for easy reference, The Reporter's Handbook, Third Edition, gives readers the tools they need to locate, obtain, understand and publish information of public importance. The text also provides valuable guidelines for writing compelling news stories.

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This manual for reporters, editors, and journalism students identifies documents and sources in private and government sectors useful for stories on the environment, transportation, health care, government agencies, insurance, housing, financial institutions, international investigation, utilities, and non-profit organizations. It includes information on library research, computer-assisted reporting, and case studies, and outlines methods for tracking paper trails, people trails, and computer trails. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"This book is a magnificent addition to the literature on investigative reporting. I thought the first two editions were terrific—this one is invaluable."—David Protess, author of Journalism of Outrage

"Weinberg continues to present clear road maps into important information, which can be emulated by journalism students and professionals. [He] issues challenges for good reporting that go beyond the ordinary."—Sherry Ricchiardi, editor of Women on Deadline: A Collection of America's Best

"I regard The Reporter's Handbook as the bible of investigative reporting. It's principles—follow the money, build a paper trail, document, document, document—are sound, fair, and productive."—Victoria Churchville, Boston University

"Simply the best resource out there for young reporters wanting to go beyond 'news conference journalism.'"—Jeremy H. Lipschultz, Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha

"I have been using this book for years—first as a reporter, now as a professor. It is one of a kind."—Mary Martin, Boston University

"No reporter should leave home without it."—Charles Puffenbarger, George Washington University

"This manual for reporters, editors, and journalism students identifies documents and sources in private and government sectors useful for stories on the environment, transportation, health care, government agencies, insurance, housing, financial institutions, international investigation, utilities, and non-profit organizations. It includes information on library research, computer-assisted reporting, and case studies, and outlines methods for tracking paper trails, people trails, and computer trails."—Book News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312101534
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 553
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Weinberg is a nationally known investigative reporter. Former executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE), and executive director of The IRE Journal, he teaches at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Preface
About This Book
Introduction: Paper Trails and People Trails: An Overview 3
1 Secondary Sources: Working from the Outside In 16
2 Primary Documents: Obtaining the Best Evidence 31
3 Computer-Assisted Information Gathering and Other Access Tools 48
4 Access to Information About Other Nations and Across National Borders 58
5 People Trails: Finding and Interviewing Sources 66
6 Investigating Government: The Legislative Branch and Those Who Try to Influence It 91
7 Investigating Government: The Executive Branch 116
8 Investigating Government: Education 145
9 Investigating Government: Law Enforcement 183
10 Investigating Government: The Judicial System 217
11 Where Government and Private Sector Meet: Investigating Licensed Professionals 270
12 Investigating the Private Sector: For-Profit Businesses and Their Workers 279
13 Investigating Charities and Other Not-For-Profits 309
14 Investigating Health Care 324
15 Investigating Insurance 351
16 Investigating Financial Institutions: Banks, Savings and Loans, Credit Unions, Investment Companies and Their Mutual Funds 373
17 Investigating Energy and Communications Utilities 388
18 Investigating Transportation 402
19 Investigating Real Estate: Housing, Commercial Uses and Zoning 421
20 Investigating Environmental Issues 436
21 Investigating the World of the Disadvantaged 449
22 Writing Compelling Projects 469
23 The Ethics and Accuracy of Investigative Journalism 488
Bibliography 499
Index 523
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