Be Your Own Watchdog

Emily Hamer / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Wisconsin Watch and WPR reporter Sarah Whites-Koditschek conducts an interview in Iowa County, Wis., on Dec. 18, 2018.

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has launched this page to help residents track the actions of people in power. Here are links to resources we have presented in Watchdog 101 workshops, as well as additional resources on how to dig deep in your community.

How to background sources and subjects — Dee J. Hall, managing editor

Using the state open records law to pry loose records — Dee J. Hall, managing editor

In-depth stories on a deadline — Dee J. Hall, managing editor

Fact-checking on the fly — Dee J. Hall, managing editor

How the Center fact-checks — Cara Lombardo, reporter

Photojournalism 101: Tips for good portraits and documentary work — Coburn Dukehart, digital and multimedia director

Using social media and other strategies to find sources — Natalie Yahr, public engagement and marketing intern

Basic tips for data reporting — Keegan Kyle, WPR

Creating data visualizations using Tableau and Google Fusion Tables — Cara Lombardo, reporter and Hayley Sperling, public engagement and marketing intern

The Center’s open government resources, including how to file requests for information.

The Center’s resources on campaign finance, lobbying and elections.

The Center’s resources on the Wisconsin Legislature: bills and spending.

The Center’s resources on investigating organizations.

We tip our hats to our colleagues at the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting for originating a version of “Be Your Own Watchdog” in early 2013.