The flow of immigrants into the United States has waxed and waned over the decades as Congress and presidents responded to demands of the voters.
Understanding the nuances of the law and the frailities of the human condition are vital to reporting on immigration.
FOIA has been around for 50 years, and recent changes could help the press – and the public – get access to government records.
11 million unauthorized immigrants live in the United States and thousands more are arrested trying to get here each year.
As White House access and coverage has changed, reporters on the beat need to find new ways to get information.
Can the public-private partnership envisioned by the new administration patch up the nation’s crumbling roads?
Tax breaks to keep a company in town are often popular, but reporters need to dig deep to see if they are worth the cost.
Killing President Obama’s signature health care law has been a GOP priority for years; what will happen as it tries to do so?
President Obama expanded environmental regulations through the federal rulemaking process; President Trump will be able to undo them that way as well.
More than other D.C. beats, Congress can be free-wheeling and accessible – especially for the reporters who know where to look and aren’t afraid to ask questions.
Checks and balances – and politics – will pose some limitations on one-party control at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Even if he didn’t have Congress on his side, Donald Trump will start his presidency with the ability to quickly undo much of what the outgoing president did.
Early signs are that Trump White House will stiff-arm journalists, although some access is protected by law.
Two journalists steeped in budget arcana give tips on how to understand what’s actually happening when Congress and the White House talk taxes and spending.
Journalists looking to make Washington spending relevant in home markets are able to track federal spending to statehouses.
An advocate calling on Congress and the White House to curb their debt addiction says reporters should seek to understand the government’s arcane budgeting process.
Experts with political watchdog organization track the so-called “revolving door” between government and special interests – and how reporters can use the information for stories.
Reporters covering a transition in power in Washington are in for some big surprises – and several veteran journalists offer tips on how to deal with them.
For the first time, a nonpartisan organization is guiding the presidential transition process months before the new president is sworn in.
With landlines disappearing and online methods expanding, pollsters confront a wealth of new challenges to discern political preferences.
Expert fact-checkers from The Washington Post, PolitiFact document how they dig in on what candidates say.
Courts offer rich trove of stories and sources, and most of them are overlooked by beat reporters.
In digging up the history of Exxon’s role researching climate change, reporter Neela Banerjee combined shoe-leather reporting with a sophisticated understanding of science.
Interested in breaking the big story? For these top journalists, doing so takes time, specialized skills and persistence.
The courts beat is rich with potential stories, well beyond the Supreme Court.
Journalists share their knowledge about covering presidential nominating conventions – and the possibility of a brokered GOP convention.
A former federal transportation official says road financing needs to be rethought so cities can be designed better.
Airline expert says U.S. should follow the lead of other nations and restructure its air traffic control system.
Transportation expert says Congress needs to revamp how it finances the highway system – and get away from its current “reactionary” approach.
Three journalists share tips and strategies for covering the range of America’s infrastructure – from trains to driverless cars of the future.
A broadcasting legend and author of a recent book on the electric grid says the nation faces a bigger threat than it realizes.
Whether asking for details on health care costs, or if city streets have been plowed after a big storm, tapping your audience can yield new information.
USA Today’s Jasper Colt, a multimedia producer, offers practical tips for taking and editing photos and videos, with the help of a few easy-to-use apps.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on how journalists can make the most of public records laws – and also how to best work the system.
Do your homework, practice what you want to say, and don’t wear anything that distracts from your message.
Reporters Devise Strategies to Work Around Limited Flow of Information
For guidance, two veteran journalists offer guidance on experts and the data sources you need.
A veteran data journalist explains how to find and work with data from the federal government.