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TIPS FROM THE REPORTERS
When doing stories that include other countries

(From the IRE Resource Center)*

Whether you're covering an accident or another event or topic, using and creating your own databases can help you tell a better story. Here's why:

1 Do extensive preliminary research before proposing an investigation that will take a lot of resources and time.

2 Use Freedom of Information Act requests even if you get mixed results.

3 Use studies by non-governmental organizations to get background on a topic.

4 Stay relentless. If you are blocked from information in one way, find another way.

5 Avoid the phone for in-depth interviews. Find people and interview them in person.

6 If a subject won't take phone calls, then show up at his home or office.

7 When working overseas, learn the customs and treat everyone with respect.

8 On a transnational story seek both U.S. documents and foreign documents.

*Based on the reporting of Cam Simpson of the Chicago Tribune, "Pipeline of Peril," a two-part series published in 2005 that revealed that American tax dollars were being used to traffick Asian workers to U.S. military support jobs in Iraq.

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