How did we do it?

Dear friends of inewsource,

Everyone likes to know the scoop. To get behind the scenes. To find out how the sausage is made.

We’ll feed your curiosity about how we got that story in the name of transparency. At inewsource, we believe you’ll have more confidence in the information we give you if you can trace our steps.

In late December, reporter Brad Racino brought you the first installment in what could be called our “Big Brother Watching You” series — stories that will show you how cameras, recorders and other digital devices are capturing our moves and in many cases, storing them. His first piece was on the cameras and recorders on buses and trolleys in San Diego.

Today, Brad walks you through his reporting process. How did he get that video? Where did the statistics come from? Just how cooperative were the officials we interviewed? Did the people Brad talked to on the bus object to his recording them even as the government was recording them?

The kind of thorough explanation Brad presents today goes to the heart of what in-depth reporting is all about: it takes time, documentation, verification and adherence to quality standards.

Thank you for appreciating and supporting our journalism. Truth matters. Help us find it.

As always, I welcome your feedback. And as always, spread the good word: forward this newsletter to a friend.
— Lorie Hearn, executive director
loriehearn@inewsource.org

Lorie Hearn is the chief executive officer and editor of inewsource. She is a lifelong news-aholic who started her reporting career writing her Girl Scout newsletter at age 12. High school and college were filled with school newspaper work, and after graduation, she worked as a reporter for newspapers...