Journalism 120 Investigative Reporting Notes
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J120: Investigative Reporting 07/11/2016 ▯ Week 2 / Lecture 4 ▯ Words matter—sheriff and police are different agencies Sheriff is county, position is elected Police is city, village etc., appointed ▯ Investigative journalist job: take one case and expose the larger issue 2 Shots about relationship abuse by law enforcement Watergate about power ▯ Text message sent Don’t know who sent the message, all you know is which two numbers it was between ▯ Relationships matter, have to know the right people to get around subjects who do not want to talk ▯ Investigative reporting: going against someone’s desire to keep it a secret How do you reveal something people don’t want people to know: o Looking for the records ▯ Week 2 / Lecture 5 ▯ Read Drugging Our Kids for guest speaker ▯ Documents are undeniable one piece of paper can make the story file FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) for information ▯ Week 2 / Lecture 6 ▯ Guest Speaker: Karen de Sa ▯ email@example.com ▯ youth incarcerated, ill-treated in foster care system ▯ series have been about 3 years one more installment 4 part and documentary first time newspaper produced full length film These drugs aren’t always approved by the FDA but also they don’t have a parent advocating for them or with medical records and family history ▯ Good things about this story Created a database—hard to dispute statistical findings Individual characters bring the story alive, not the charts ▯ Ethical dilemmas ▯ Connections led her to certain people to talk to as the crucial characters of this story ▯ Power of emotion, images, voice drove the story ▯ Cant control what happens with sources ▯ Week 2 / Lecture 7 ▯ Guest speaker AC Thompson Next Tuesday ▯ Public Records/Documents Send FIOAS and CA public records requests Also build trust to collect sources and information Karen de Se Leveraging experience (from Beat Reporting to Investigation) Thinking it through What are the motives? Where’s the data? Primary Document: individual, institutions, issues People Trial: finding, developing and evaluating sources Taxonomy of sources Break into groups ▯ ▯ Week 3 / Lecture 8 ▯ Assignments: Read A.C. Thompson story, read Seymour, textbook chapter 4 ▯ ▯ Google doc with restaurants answer each question, also write a narrative report on a google doc ▯ LLC: limited liability company basic structure ▯ To find the company that owns the restaurant: Secretary of State Business records: http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/ Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/lqsmenu.html https://www.corporationwiki.com/ (can not assume it is correct) http://www.city-data.com/ ▯ Get two numbers: sec of state entity number and abc number ▯ ▯ Agent for service is a contact name, usually a lawyer ▯ Berkeley restaurants: have to make public records request, but have to abide by CA law ▯ ▯ Week 3 / Lecture 9 ▯ ▯ Terror in Little Saigon: An Old War Comes to a New Country-A.C. Thompson Conspiracy with political aim in mind Terrorism Campaign of murder to oppose the communist régime o National United Front for the Liberation of Vietnam ▯ Assignment: discussion on b-courses post and respond ▯ ▯ Second half of class go to Berkeley restaurants for project ▯ ▯ Week 3 / Lecture 10 ▯ Pop quiz ▯ ▯ Court and law enforcement records What you wont get from the cops: o Arrest reports o Interrogation transcripts o Investigator’s notes o Intelligence reports o Complaints against individual police offices o Internal affairs reports o Disciplinary outcomes What you can get o Name of cops involved in Officer involved shootings o Salaries—from employing government agency o The department operation, or field manual o Dispatch records showing call for service to and from a particular location ▯ ▯ Week 3 / Lecture 11 ▯ Guest speaker Steve Fisher ▯ Stevelfisher@gmail.com ▯ ▯ Assignments: Narratives on Berkeley restaurants due Friday 7/21 at 6PM ▯ ▯ Law enforcement and police records continued: Cops need a warrant from a judge Affidavit: a declaration in writing made upon oat before a person authorized to administer oaths, especially for use as evidence in court Probable cause: reasonable grounds for belief ▯ ▯ ▯ Week 4 / Lecture 12 ▯ Mistakes Be accurate and truthful When you make a mistake o Own up to it o Fix damage as best as you can o Move on Types of Errors o Names, numbers and dates o False precision o Complex concepts: risk, chance, percentage change, double negatives o Brain freezes o Tricksters (bad sources, spellcheckers, pals, clips, old books, interpretations…) Make a checklist to avoid mistakes o Ask: clear? Obvious follow up? o Get it down: Is it in your notes? o Documents: Any missing? File system? o Assume anything? What do I “know”? o The Best Source Rule ▯ ▯ Week 4 / Lecture 13 Go to Berkeley restaurants during class ▯ Week 4 / Lecture 14 ▯ Guest Speaker ▯ ▯ 3 narratives due Thursday 7/27 ▯ ▯ Week 4 / Lecture 15 News o New and relevant o What a news professional says it is The context of this story makes it news worthy o If Oakland, SF etc. did not give records it would lessen the results of Berkeley ▯ Assignments: Due Monday fill in new columns on spreadsheet on restaurants Due Tuesday short paper on reading Next Thursday course evaluations bring laptop ▯ Week 5 / Lecture 16 Extra credit (need approval) due before class next Tuesday ▯ Option 1: Interview someone with information and credibility that aids our project 10 pts. ▯ Option 2: Go to more restaurants, 2 pts. each up to 5 places for 10 pts. ▯ Option 3: Something to complement the project, map, data visualization etc. ▯ ▯ If something is not at Sec of State look for fictitious business name o http://www.acgov.org/auditor/clerk/fbn.htm county city rental properties court cases ▯ ▯ ▯ Week 5 / Lecture 17 Hersh reported when no one else would to uncover army secrets The word “babies” helped this story become so powerful Very good at protecting sources The record belongs to the journalists Hersh wasn’t afraid he was motivated ▯ ▯ Week 5 / Lecture 18 Make a plan o Elevator version o Find someone who is willing to pay o It takes time money and travel AP style for Journalism world ▯ ▯ Possible ledes for story: Berkeley restaurants show resistance to follow CA health department law in comparison to other Bay Area establishments. ▯ ▯ Week 6 / Lecture 21 Manager of Berkeley health department interview ▯ Week 6 / Lecture 22 ▯ Guest speaker A.C. Thompson author/investigator of Terror in Little Saigon
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