Course DescriptionThis course serves as an invaluable tool for journalists, attorneys, businesspeople, and others who need to know how to get bottom-line information. Instruction presents the fundamentals of investigative journalism, as well as practical experience in investigative research and writing; methods of gaining access to public and private record sources; and techniques for gathering information about people, businesses, institutions, and government. Topics include paper trails; computer-assisted projects; secrets of the most successful stories; managing time and resources; organizing complex information into compelling reportag; relationships with editors and sources; the Freedom of Information Act; story impact and follow-up report; and legal and ethical concerns. Students work on their own investigative project. Classes feature guest speakers.
Course OutlineThis course presents the fundamentals of investigative journalism, as well as practical experience in investigative research and writing.