Investigative journalism

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Lessons from Jerry Mitchell, the cold case reporter

Jerry Mitchell spent four years reporting the story of suspected serial killer Felix Vail. Earlier this month, 54 years after the death of Vail's first wife (his second and third wives are still missing), a jury in Louisiana found Vail guilty of murder. This isn't the first cold case Mitchell's investigations for … Read More
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How to focus your reporting while working on an investigation

Working on investigative reports is different from daily reporting. These tips will help you hone your focus in your initial reporting. Before you start reporting: If you are working with another reporter, set up a system for collaborating. This might involve in-person meetings and/or a digital tool. If you are using a database or databases to compile information for … Read More
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The new Ida B. Wells fellowship is looking for investigative reporters of color

The Nation Institute's Investigative Fund has launched an investigative fellowship for journalists of color. The one-year Ida B. Wells Fellowship will go to four journalists and offer $10,000 each, travel and reporting costs and the chance to work with an Investigative Fund editor. The fellowship is named after Ida B. Wells, a Jim Crow era investigative … Read More
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The Boston Globe ran a full-page ad thanking everybody involved in 'Spotlight'

Monday's edition of The Boston Globe features a front-page image celebrating the actors who won the Best Picture Academy Award for "Spotlight." On A3, the newspaper recognized everyone involved with the film — and the journalists who worked on the Pulitzer-winning investigation — with a full-page thank-you. The possibility of running a house ad was brought up last week, … Read More
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Digital Digging: How BuzzFeed built an investigative team inside a viral hit factory

Editor's note: This is the first part of a three-part series examining investigative teams at digital news organizations throughout the United States. When Alex Campbell introduced himself as an investigative reporter for BuzzFeed News two years ago, his sources were often confused. BuzzFeed? What was that? Could he please spell it? "My colleagues would make fun of me for how … Read More
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'Spotlight' producer on investigative journalism: 'It shows the power to change the world.'

Before working as a producer on "Spotlight," Blye Faust appreciated the work of investigative journalists and the need for investigative reporting. "But I don't think I really fully comprehended the necessity and its reach and depth and power until 'Spotlight,'" she said. The film, which tells the story of Boston Globe journalists discovering a child molestation cover-up in the Catholic … Read More
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Is good journalism enough to sustain an investigative nonprofit?

(Editor's note: Corrections have been made to the original version of this story.)  This is the second of four profiles of journalists at nonprofit news startups. Beth Daley Beth Daley, a former reporter for the Boston Globe, joined the New England Center for Investigative Journalism (NECIR), in November 2013. After 20 years at the Globe, she says, she … Read More
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Making partnerships work: How a team of 50+ international reporters investigated and exposed the World Bank

Michael Hudson, a senior editor with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, was project editor for ICIJ's World Bank investigation. At a military camp in a violence-stained region of Central America, a Honduran Army officer informed Sasha Chavkin that he knew the reporter's itinerary – where Chavkin was going and the people he planned to interview. Read More
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5 investigative journalism tips from New York Times' David Barstow

After a publisher chopped away at one of David Barstow’s early investigative stories, he considered ditching journalism and heading off to law school. Since then, Barstow — now a reporter at The New York Times — has gone on to win three Pulitzer Prizes for journalism that has exposed poor working conditions and bribery in America's companies and manipulation of the American media. Read More
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Five things I learned from prize-winning journalism

I did something last year that I hadn’t done before in all my years as a journalist: I read (or otherwise consumed) virtually all of our profession’s prize-winning work. The task was awe-inspiring; it gave me a new bar for measuring my own work as an editor. "Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism 2013," an e-book from The Poynter Institute It was … Read More