Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship

NPF: Debunking Myths on Immigration

Debunking Myths on Immigration

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.

NPF: Understanding the Immigration Beat

Understanding the Immigration Beat

Understanding the nuances of the law and the frailities of the human condition are vital to reporting on immigration.

NPF: Using FOIA to Crack Government Secrets

Using FOIA to Crack Government Secrets

FOIA has been around for 50 years, and recent changes could help the press – and the public – get access to government records.

NPF: Tips for Reporting on Immigration

Tips for Reporting on Immigration

11 million unauthorized immigrants live in the United States and thousands more are arrested trying to get here each year.

NPF: White House Beat: High Profile, Low Access

White House Beat: High Profile, Low Access

As White House access and coverage has changed, reporters on the beat need to find new ways to get information.

NPF: A $1 Trillion Pothole?

A $1 Trillion Pothole?

Can the public-private partnership envisioned by the new administration patch up the nation’s crumbling roads?

NPF: Understanding Tax Breaks and Incentives

Understanding Tax Breaks and Incentives

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.

NPF: Covering the Repeal of Obamacare

Covering the Repeal of Obamacare

Killing President Obama’s signature health care law has been a GOP priority for years; what will happen as it tries to do so?

NPF: Undoing 8 Years of Environmental Rules

Undoing 8 Years of Environmental Rules

President Obama expanded environmental regulations through the federal rulemaking process; President Trump will be able to undo them that way as well.

NPF: Covering the Halls of Congress

Covering the Halls of Congress

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.

NPF: What One-Party Control Means

What One-Party Control Means

Checks and balances – and politics – will pose some limitations on one-party control at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

NPF: Covering Executive Power

Covering Executive Power

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.

NPF: Protecting the Press Pool

Protecting the Press Pool

Early signs are that Trump White House will stiff-arm journalists, although some access is protected by law.

NPF: Making Abstract Budget Stories Come Alive

Making Abstract Budget Stories Come Alive

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.

NPF: How Federal Spending Affects States

How Federal Spending Affects States

Journalists looking to make Washington spending relevant in home markets are able to track federal spending to statehouses.

NPF: Getting a Handle on the National Debt, Deficit

Getting a Handle on the National Debt, Deficit

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.

NPF: The Revolving Door Between Public and Private Service

The Revolving Door Between Public and Private Service

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.

NPF: Covering a Presidential Transition

Covering a Presidential Transition

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.

NPF: Formalizing the Presidential Transition Process

Formalizing the Presidential Transition Process

For the first time, a nonpartisan organization is guiding the presidential transition process months before the new president is sworn in.

NPF: Making Sense of Political Polls

Making Sense of Political Polls

With landlines disappearing and online methods expanding, pollsters confront a wealth of new challenges to discern political preferences.

NPF: Finding Truth in a Fast-Moving Campaign

Finding Truth in a Fast-Moving Campaign

Expert fact-checkers from The Washington Post, PolitiFact document how they dig in on what candidates say.

NPF: Judiciary Beat Offers Insight to Other Beats

Judiciary Beat Offers Insight to Other Beats

Courts offer rich trove of stories and sources, and most of them are overlooked by beat reporters.

NPF: Making History Come Alive

Making History Come Alive

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.

NPF: Digging Deep for a More Compelling Story

Digging Deep for a More Compelling Story

Interested in breaking the big story? For these top journalists, doing so takes time, specialized skills and persistence.

NPF: Covering the Courts

Covering the Courts

The courts beat is rich with potential stories, well beyond the Supreme Court.

NPF: Delegate Rules and Covering Conventions

Delegate Rules and Covering Conventions

Journalists share their knowledge about covering presidential nominating conventions – and the possibility of a brokered GOP convention.

NPF: America’s Roads Often Dangerous by Design

America’s Roads Often Dangerous by Design

A former federal transportation official says road financing needs to be rethought so cities can be designed better.

NPF: Controlling the Airways

Controlling the Airways

Airline expert says U.S. should follow the lead of other nations and restructure its air traffic control system.

NPF: Paying for Roads

Paying for Roads

Transportation expert says Congress needs to revamp how it finances the highway system – and get away from its current “reactionary” approach.

NPF: Covering Infrastructure: Roads, Rails and the Grid

Covering Infrastructure: Roads, Rails and the Grid

Three journalists share tips and strategies for covering the range of America’s infrastructure – from trains to driverless cars of the future.

NPF: Lights Out: Risks to the Power Grid

Lights Out: Risks to the Power Grid

A broadcasting legend and author of a recent book on the electric grid says the nation faces a bigger threat than it realizes.

NPF: Finding News by Surfing the Crowd

Finding News by Surfing the Crowd

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.

NPF: News on the Go

News on the Go

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.

NPF: Prying Open Government Secrets

Prying Open Government Secrets

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.

NPF: How to Prepare for a TV Interview

How to Prepare for a TV Interview

Do your homework, practice what you want to say, and don’t wear anything that distracts from your message.

NPF: White House Beat High on Aggravation

White House Beat High on Aggravation

Reporters Devise Strategies to Work Around Limited Flow of Information

NPF: Fed Health Spending Huge, Overlooked

Fed Health Spending Huge, Overlooked

For guidance, two veteran journalists offer guidance on experts and the data sources you need.

NPF: Reporters find White House Data Out of Reach

Reporters find White House Data Out of Reach

A veteran data journalist explains how to find and work with data from the federal government.