Adam Playford (r.) and Christopher Twarowski speak about investigative reporting.

Adam Playford (r.) and Christopher Twarowski speak about investigative reporting.

The Press Club of Long Island hosted an investigative reporting workshop Thursday featuring Newsday reporter Adam Playford and Long Island Press Editor-in-Chief, Christopher Twarowski.

Twarowski gave an investigative journalism rundown, using his own personal experiences to cite tips and techniques pertaining to his investigative craft. His segment included basic shoe-leather fundamentals to help any journalist uncover the truth, regardless of beat or experience.

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Among the pointers Twarowski gave during the presentation were not to be intimidated when investigating, to be fearless and smart, demand documents, and, of course, to ask a lot of questions.

“One tip is not to be intimidated, not to be afraid that you can do this,” Twarowski said. “It’s human nature to question things and to look deeper into things. That’s what investigative journalism is all about.”

Playford spoke extensively about data driven journalism and how data can help you unlock important stories – cutting through the he-said/she-said to bring you closer to the truth.

For Playford, when he researches data, he develops a theory, finds a way to test it and understands how to analyze data sources.

Playford’s presentation can be found online by clicking here.

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