Working together as a group, draft a lede for the NYPD lawsuit payouts article. What are the most important facts you want to communicate to the reader? Which 5W questions will you answer in the lede? Think carefully about each claim you make in the lede and subject it to rigorous questioning. Does the statement say precisely what you mean to say? Is it accurate? Is it clear? Does it entice the reader without over-promising?
Make a list of who we should interview in order to make the article more complete. Who do we need to talk to? What voices do we need to hear? Who do we need to get their personal story? Who do we need to make sure we give a chance to comment? Who do we need to understand the scope of the issues? Who would help provide context and history? Be as specific as possible.
Make a list of the secondary facts, i.e. the point that don’t fit in the lede but deserve to be in the article.
We’ll have one main article about the findings of our investigation: which police officers or which precincts are responsible for the most payouts over allegedly abusive policing. But we will have sidebar stories as well, other articles the flesh out the picture or tell slices of the story in greater detail. What are some of those other side stories we need to tell? What a graphic element (chart, map, graph) should be part of our reporting package?
How do we use visual resources to tell these stories?