Investigative Reporting Techniques

JOURN X 494
This course presents the fundamentals of investigative journalism, as well as practical experience in investigative research and writing.
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What you can learn.

  • Discover methods of gaining access to public and private record sources, and techniques for gathering information about people, businesses, institutions, and government
  • Explore vibrant topics such as paper trails and computer-assisted projects; secrets of the most successful stories; managing time and resources; organizing complex information into compelling reports
  • Pursue and work on your own investigative project

About this course:

This 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.
Suggested Prerequisites

It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for Investigative Reporting Techniques.

An introductory college-level journalism course or equivalent experience and consent of instructor.

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