20 ways a suspect can help a journalist

byDon Ray
Mar 8, 2011 in Miscellaneous

Sources are one of the most valuable resources for a journalist. Without sourced information the reports produced may end up being padded with rumor and personal opinion. And it's important your sources reflect all aspects of society. This tip sheet was created by Don Ray, an investigative journalist who writes for Media Helping Media.

-He gives you videotapes of the crime taking place, confesses on camera and names his accomplices.

-She confesses on camera, names her accomplices and takes you to the scene of the crime.

-He confesses on camera and names his accomplices.

-She confesses on camera and takes you to the scene of the crime.

-He confesses on camera with full face.

-She confesses on camera in silhouette or otherwise disguised.

-He confesses off camera and gives you permission to use the confession.

-She gives you important information about the case, but off camera.

-He goes on camera, full face, but doesn’t confess. He either lies or refuses to answer.

-She goes on camera in silhouette or otherwise disguised, but she lies or refuses to answer.

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