From porn to pork bellies Uncovering the naked news on the business beat By L.A. Lorek
Follow the Money
<ul><li>“ Editors deal with investigative projects like the Supreme Court deals with pornography. They think they will jus...
Business Projects  <ul><li>For business beat reporters there’s never been a better time to do investigative projects </li>...
Technology makes it
Where are the ideas?
Doing projects on the beat <ul><li>Start small and grow  </li></ul>
Military contracting
Tax abatements & incentives
Probate Problems
Courthouse documents
Companies with  environmental  issues
Consumer complaints
What is a pork belly?
Where to get more information? BusinessJournalism.org Sabew.org IRE.org Create your own field trips
Make sure to attend IRE conferences to learn even more
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Investigations on the business beat

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Investigations on the business beat

  1. 1. From porn to pork bellies Uncovering the naked news on the business beat By L.A. Lorek
  2. 2. Follow the Money
  3. 3. <ul><li>“ Editors deal with investigative projects like the Supreme Court deals with pornography. They think they will just know it when they see it,’’ New York Times Walt Bogdanich </li></ul>
  4. 4. Business Projects <ul><li>For business beat reporters there’s never been a better time to do investigative projects </li></ul>
  5. 5. Technology makes it
  6. 6. Where are the ideas?
  7. 7. Doing projects on the beat <ul><li>Start small and grow </li></ul>
  8. 8. Military contracting
  9. 9. Tax abatements & incentives
  10. 10. Probate Problems
  11. 11. Courthouse documents
  12. 12. Companies with environmental issues
  13. 13. Consumer complaints
  14. 14. What is a pork belly?
  15. 15. Where to get more information? BusinessJournalism.org Sabew.org IRE.org Create your own field trips
  16. 16. Make sure to attend IRE conferences to learn even more

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