There are many ways reporters get information, but none is more important than obtaining tips from a reliable insider.
When Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou launched a series in 2014 that exposed how health care providers bilked Medicare out of billions, he relied on a billing expert to educate him on payments. He won the Pulitzer. Two years later that same source tipped him to a second scandal in which Carreyrou revealed the tech company Theranos to be a fraud. He won the George Polk. One source. Two career-defining scoops.
So how does one get such a person?
This session examines that challenge, exploring the best methods for identifying and developing sources -- from finding employees, experts and whistleblowers to gaining their trust to convincing them to provide increasingly sensitive information.
You will leave the session having learned:
Techniques for locating workers at government agencies and private companies and discuss how to approach them
How to reassure someone who is anxious about working with you
How to protect your source from being exposed
About the Instructor:
Brad Hamilton is an investigative editor with more than 30 years in the business. He created and led the New York Post's award-winning investigations unit, which reported numerous front-page exclusives, and now heads The Hatch Institute, which in 2015 won a national award for investigative reporting from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.