Investigative journalism

'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

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

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

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

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