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.
PrerequisitesAn introductory college-level journalism course or equivalent experience and consent of instructor.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Journalism : Required
- Journalism with Concentration in Journalism Writing : Required
- Journalism with Concentration in Media Studies : Required
- Study Abroad at UCLA Program : Required