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Investigative reporting by Joanne Lisosky

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  • 1. Imagine the Possibilities
    Investigative Reporting
    Day One
  • 2. Definition: Investigative Reporting
    All reporting contains elements of investigating
    Also called: in-depth, enterprising, explanatory journalism
    Often shines a light on corruption
    Requires significant time and effort
    Incorporates rigorous research techniques
    Needs many primary and secondary source interviews
    Questions how things are and how things should be…
    Imagines the possibilities… journalism can contribute to positive change
  • 3. THREE-DAY WORKSHOP
    DAY ONE: DEVELOPING THE STORY
    DAY TWO: GATHERING INFORMATION AND WRITING THE STORY
    DAY THREE: PRESENTING THE STORY
  • 4. WHO HAS DESIGNED AND DEVELOPED INVESTIGATIVE STORIES?
    What was the story?
    What were you biggest challenges?
    What were you greatest successes?
    Suggestions for colleagues…
  • 5. Investigative Reporting asks:
    How is the system supposed to work?
    Why doesn’t it work this way now?
    Who benefits from the system NOT working?
    Who is hurt when the systems doesn’t work?
    What can be done to fix this system?
  • 6. Generating ideas…
    Find a story focus:
    Uncovering story must be feasible
    Must be easy to explain
    one-minute speech/25 words
    Story idea contains questions answered by PEOPLE and DATA
    But must be character and NOT data driven
  • 7. EXAMPLES: What people and data did they use?
    AZERBAIJAN (2008)
    http://www.icfj.org/OurWork/EasternEuropeCentralAsia/AZAJA/tabid/500/Default.aspx
    USA
    Investigative Reporters and Editors
    http://www.ire.org/extraextra/
    Center for Investigative Reporting
    http://centerforinvestigativereporting.org/articles/whencancopsgainaccesstomypersonalinfoonfacebook
  • 8. Generating ideas…
    Investigating government
    Investigating the courts
    Investigating police
    Investigating education
    Investigating businesses
    Investigating religious and non-profits (NGOs) Investigating financial institutions
    Investigating health care
    Investigating utility companies
    Investigating transportation
    Investigating environmental issues
    Investigating real estate
    Investigating journalism practices/media law
  • 9. Fundamental questions…
    Money—who has it, who doesn’t and why
    Relationships—officials/non-officials, supervisors/subordinates
    Physical and psychological issues and abuses
    Licensing—who can and who can’t
    Changes and trends in the community
    Mistakes or errors made by organizations that have been covered up
  • 10. Investigative Reporting is MORE
    Not just what’s happening—but why
    Not just who’s corrupt—but how
    Not just rumors—but facts
    Not just the negative aspects of the story—but how to fix it!
  • 11. What are the stories that are crying to be investigated?
    How do you determine what needs to be investigated?
    Identify 5 stories
    Write one-minute speech and 25 words explaining each story
    What are you investigating?
    Map the power structure of the primary area your are investigating. Ie. What is the power structure (Names and position) of the education system in this country.
  • 12. May be multi-dimensional and not linear…
  • 13. Tomorrow
    Digging in on your primary investigative story…

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