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Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
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Collaborative Investigative Journalism: Iain Overton, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

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  • This is borne out in the output: the cutbacks in news organisations are hitting investigative journalism particularly hard We had 500 applications to the Bureau from journalists, overwhelming majority of which said they don’t have any time or resources in their current reporting roles to do any investigative, long term work.
  • Current mode of single platform distribution doesn’t work - Our output led by the belief that if you invest considerable resources into an investigation then single platform production is not financially viable Investigation not defined by background of jsts who are conducting it. They get the story then bring in a writer or director or programmer to shape it into different media. Alongside, train jsts to be proficient across these platforms. an investigation generates broadcast sales (biggest), also print, or book, has a website, - explore paid content online – for carrying out the journalism itself, and for distributing it plus new tech for doing the investigations – CAR/programming; podcasts, video games, phone apps;
  • Collab with FT – we each put in equal number of journos, they get the print exclusive, but give us the opportunity to go away and make a doco English radio doc, French splash and German TV prod all from same content; or investigation that makes print and TV and can be reversioned in French, Spanish, German Works on any pan-European or international story – but not for nationals. The Bureau’s hope is p
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    • 1.  
    • 2. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Who are we? <ul><li>Since April 2010. Aims are to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>bolster investigative journalism in the UK. First of its kind. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>identify financial models that will make this sustainable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>£2 million pledge from The Elaine &amp; David Potter Foundation. </li></ul><ul><li>Strict editorial independence and transparency (OFCOM). </li></ul><ul><li>Staff of 3, Freelancers of 10 - 20. </li></ul>
    • 3. The ‘Crisis in Investigative Journalism’ <ul><li>Media proliferation resulting in decline in Revenue (Ads and Sales) </li></ul><ul><li>Content reproduction </li></ul><ul><li>Less money and investment in investigative journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Rise of other costs </li></ul><ul><li>Complicated world – need for skills </li></ul><ul><li>The challenge of the reduced attention span </li></ul>
    • 4. The explosion of choice
    • 5. Internet killing the investigative journalist?
    • 6. Newspapers. Remember them?
    • 7. IMPACT: The ‘Crisis in Investigative Journalism’ <ul><li>Original, in-depth reporting is increasingly scarce: </li></ul><ul><li>Survey of 4 UK broadsheets and the Daily Mail: only 12% of content was original. (Cardiff University, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>37% of the 100 largest US dailies had no full time investigative reporters; majority had two or fewer (Arizona State University, 2005). </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer though never had it so good. </li></ul>
    • 8. How much? <ul><li>Massive rise in cost of living, student debt, etc. etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of Lawyers </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of foreign trips </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of governmental help </li></ul><ul><li>Pensions </li></ul>
    • 9. How to make investigations financially sustainable? <ul><li>1. MULTI-PLATFORM PRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>Single-platform model doesn’t work </li></ul><ul><li>Investigation not defined by journalist’s medium </li></ul><ul><li>Generate sales across as many platforms as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Exploit opportunities from web and multimedia </li></ul>
    • 10. How to make investigations financially sustainable? <ul><li>2. COLLABORATIONS </li></ul><ul><li>With other media organisations </li></ul><ul><li>International collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>Profits from international collaborations to subsidise national investigations </li></ul>
    • 11. The Bureau How do we work? Self Publication : www. thebureauinvestigates .com Broadcast : Panorama, Dispatches, C4 News, Newsnight, File on Four, Al Jazeera English and Arabic. Print: Sunday Times, Observer, FT, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph. Over two dozen front pages.
    • 12. Investigations: Iraq War Logs
    • 13. &nbsp;
    • 14. Wikileaks: Iraq War Log
    • 15. Investigations: EU structural funds
    • 16. Investigations: EU structural funds
    • 17. Bureau: Recommends
    • 18. Bureau: Recommends
    • 19. Challenges <ul><li>Rights issues </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusivity deals </li></ul><ul><li>The Clash of Personalities </li></ul><ul><li>Who takes on risk </li></ul><ul><li>Current model is still sustained by philanthropy </li></ul>
    • 20. Investment works <ul><li>40% produced in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2001 - Sweden&apos;s newspapers down 17%: sales of SvD up 12%. </li></ul><ul><li>around two-thirds of front pages are planned, </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on original, off-diary stories: agenda-setting news lines of their own. </li></ul><ul><li>Loyal following and reason to buy your paper etc. </li></ul>
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