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Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

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From "Tips on Interviewing Sources," IRE On the Road blog -

By Doug Haddix

IRE training director

There's nothing wrong - and everything right - with rehearsing interviews, especially those that must be done by phone, according to Manny Garcia, executive editor of El Nuevo Herald in Miami, Fla.

Sometimes, a reporter has only a minute or two to make a pitch by phone, given obstacles such as call-waiting and voice mail.

Carcia's advice came during an IRE Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshop at Boston University on Sept. 12.

At the end of every interview, he said, ask the source if you forgot to ask something. Often, that opens up a crucial second round of the interview.

Carcia's other tips included:

* Request the emergency contact list of every government agency you cover before an emergency. That way, you'll have cell phone numbers for key officials during a crisis. If the office recoils, file a formal records request under your state open records act.

* Humility works better than hubris during interviews.

* Obtain internal telephone directories of the offices you cover.

If possible, get copies from previous years to help locate former employees, who may be likelier to talk than current workers.

From "EveryBlock Goes Open Source," Uplink blog,

By Derek Willis

The New York Times

By now you may have read that EveryBlock, a Knight Foundationfunded project, has released its source code to the public. Getting a chance to look under the hood is a great opportunity to see how other folks tackle some of the tasks we all face, orare likely to. A version of the code is online at everyblock_code.

The first thing to note is that the code has the GPL license, which means that if you incorporate any of it into an application you're building and then release that code, it will need to be under the terms of the GPL as well. …

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