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Basic police reporting
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Basic police reporting

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Andrew Chavez outlines the basics of police reporting during this presentation from the Covering Texas Courts workshop presented by the Texas Center for Community Journalism in May 2011.

Andrew Chavez outlines the basics of police reporting during this presentation from the Covering Texas Courts workshop presented by the Texas Center for Community Journalism in May 2011.

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  • 1. Covering the cop shop<br />Andrew Chavez<br />
  • 2. Three key steps of crime reporting<br />Story generation<br />Knowing that a story exists or<br />Reporting<br />Getting the facts as soon as possible<br />Properly developing a story<br />Follow-up<br />Staying on top of a story<br />Finding all angles<br />Providing a resolution to the storyline<br />
  • 3. Story generation<br />The most important step<br />
  • 4. Where stories come from<br />
  • 5. Generating stories<br />Rumors<br />Tips<br />Scanner<br />Beat reporting<br />+<br />Good police reporting is about running traps<br />
  • 6. Generating stories<br />Rumors / Tips<br />Can generate first stories and folos (case developments, settlements, etc.)<br />Easiest way to get stories<br />Least reliable method<br />Some stories will only happen this way<br />Getting more tips<br />Be willing to entertain tipsters<br />Keep contact information visible in all locations (even on every page of site)<br />Read comments on stories<br />
  • 7. Generating stories<br />Scanner<br />High payoff with little effort<br />Anyone can listen to it (not just reporters)<br />Not quotable, but can lead to good info<br />Great way to get visuals<br />Getting more from the scanner<br />Use a handheld and take it to scenes with you<br />Get to know the codes (many are available online)<br />
  • 8. Generating stories<br />Beat reporting<br />How do you define beat reporting?<br />
  • 9. Generating stories<br />Beat reporting<br />Building relationships with sources<br />Staying on top of stories (75/25)<br />Being the person who runs the traps<br />Establishing yourself as the in-house expert<br />Cover all angles of the beat while others sometime take low-hanging fruit<br />The police reporter isn’t the person who writes the crime stories<br />
  • 10. Build relationships<br />Have a presence<br />Cultivate sources before you need them<br />Throw them some fluff<br />Keep a dialogue open<br />Don’t let bad habits persist<br />Develop a phonefile<br />
  • 11. Set multiple traps<br />Scanner<br />Reports<br />Check-in calls<br />Use your whole staff<br />Don’t forget fire and EMS (they’re at the big stuff, too)<br />
  • 12. Reporting<br />Getting the info you need<br />
  • 13. The tools<br /><ul><li>Required by federal law on federally-funded roads (interstates, state and county roads)
  • 14. Available from NNA for $15
  • 15. Handheld is ideal
  • 16. Find the frequencies online
  • 17. Check the iPhone/Web apps
  • 18. Big pad is great for sketching
  • 19. Small one best for back pocket</li></li></ul><li>The tools<br /><ul><li>Instantly duplicate important source documents
  • 20. Leave with photos, videos
  • 21. Audio, video recorder
  • 22. Camera
  • 23. Mobile address book
  • 24. Inconspicuous</li></li></ul><li>Be precise<br />Focus on the 5Ws<br />Establish a timeline<br />Don’t “write around it” – admit what you don’t know<br />Ditch the jargon<br />
  • 25. CYA<br />Attribute, attribute, attribute<br />Get the documents, recordings, videos …<br />Verify accounts (try a timeline or sketch)<br />Be a detective and a defense attorney<br />Save contact info for your sources<br />Consult the AP Stylebook<br />
  • 26. Get out<br />Reach out to the accused<br />Talk to the families<br />Visit the crime scene<br />Find witnesses<br />… You owe it to them<br />
  • 27. Following up<br />
  • 28. Your sources<br />
  • 29. Follow through<br />It doesn’t end at the arrest<br />Be consistent about your treatments – headlines, page position, etc.<br />Keep case files<br />Run traps<br />Keep a calendar and use others’ calendars<br />Check on court dates, scheduled events in advance<br />
  • 30. Follow through<br />
  • 31. Some resources<br />
  • 32. Some resources<br />Dart Center for Journalism & Traumahttp://dartcenter.org/<br />Covering Crime and Justice: A guide for journalistshttp://www.justicejournalism.org/crimeguide/<br />Freedom of Information Foundation of Texashttp://foift.org/<br />
  • 33. Q&A Time<br />

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