Producing the Investigative Report

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Presented at the 2011 Computer Assisted Reporting Conference, Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 24.

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Producing the Investigative Report

  1. 1. Producing the Investigative Report<br />or …<br />“Reporters are from Deep Throat. Producers are from Django.”<br />Ryan Thornburg<br />University of North Carolina<br />
  2. 2. Photo by Thomas Roche<br />
  3. 3. Photo by Thomas Roche<br />
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  7. 7. Be transparent.<br />Investigate your reporters.<br />Share ideas. Show examples.<br />Share ideas. Show examples.<br />Demand deadlines.<br />Demand deadlines.<br />Do video. But get help.<br />Lighting isn’t everything.<br />Give up the data early.<br />Include them in your QA plan.<br />Once it launches no changes.<br />You will need to update it.<br />Re-cap 30 days after launch.<br />Re-cap 30 days after launch.<br />

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