“If we think it's vital to the story we'll probably do whatever it takes to make it happen.” ABC15’s Dave Biscobing on his relentless, 2018 duPont-winning series that showed a self-described “advocacy” group was really “advocating” to put millions in their own pockets.
“The solution to this whole fake news crisis is not being sucked into it, and covering the story. What we don't want to do is do 'he said, she said' journalism. It's not very good for clicks though.”
"There are a lot of people who now appreciate this kind of journalism in a way they took for granted five years ago. They recognize the need for a vital and active press in a time like this."
On Assignment speaks with Kate Howard, a veteran investigative reporter for WFPL’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, who shares her essential tips for doing a 15-minute background check on your sources.
We spoke to Daniel Zwerdling, NPR journalist extraordinaire, who has spent years reporting on veterans’ rights. He spoke to us about the parallels between journalism and psychology, his best interview techniques, reporting short news stories versus year-long investigations of the government.
"[They had] no clue that what they were doing looked really bad."
"One of the things that I heard was, “You want to write about black people too much"... Have you ever told a white journalist they're writing about white people too much?"
""I needed editors saying, 'Watch yourself, look at what you’re doing...' Really forcing me to question, 'Are you on his side?'"
"I think we are in the middle of one of the seismic shifts in the American media landscape."
"I thought I had figured it out, the hard part was over, I decided 'I'm not going to be a lawyer, I'm going to be a journalist."
"The best question often is silence... It can tell you if someone's not telling the truth, it can tell you if they're hiding something."
"The muscle in interviewing that so many people forget [is] not the question: it's the follow up."
“On a story like this, you can’t be objective. I can’t recall a story we’ve ever had where the distinction between good and evil was so apparent.”