Will Work For Impact: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism (Fall 2020)

$399.00

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October 28, 2020– November 18, 2020

Will Work For Impact: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism (Fall 2020)

A seminar for reporters with ambition to do investigative journalism that functions as an important part of democracy.

$399.00

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select the right story by asking the right questions before you start
  • Learn how to access information that isn’t available to the public
  • Discover how to utilize the power of human reporting
  • Construct an investigative story around findings to make a powerful case
  • Strategies you can employ, before and after publication, to help your story make a difference

$399.00

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This online group seminar will help you build an investigation, from the seed of an idea to a powerful execution.

Investigative reporting can seem daunting. By definition, it involves uncovering a problem someone would prefer to keep secret. It requires critical thinking, persistence, courage and optimism. It can be lonely work.

The good news is, there’s a roadmap you can follow. Over the course of four weeks, award-winning investigative journalist Alexandra Zayas will break down the process to help you think about what kinds of stories to choose, how to build a bulletproof case and how to maximize the chance your work will create change.

Week 1: Choosing the right story, and the right frame, by answering an essential question: What’s the harm?

Week 2: Sniffing the ground and eating the stuff. Creative approaches to reporting beyond public records.

Week 3: Putting it all together. Using your findings to build a spine, and the narrative gems in your notebook to give your story heart.

Week 4: Planning for impact. Strategies to help your investigation make a difference.

Schedule

Live video sessions

Wednesdays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, 11, and 18 at 3 p.m. Eastern

*If you’re unable to attend a live session, there will be a recording available.

Course learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Select the right story by asking the right questions before you start
  2. Learn how to access information that isn’t available to the public
  3. Discover how to utilize the power of human reporting
  4. Construct an investigative story around findings to make a powerful case
  5. Strategies you can employ, before and after publication, to help your story make a difference

Who should take this course?

Reporters and editors of any level who want to spend time reading, thinking about and talking about successful investigative journalism, and learn from real-world scenarios to give their own work an edge.

Instructor

Alex Zayas

Alexandra Zayas

Assistant Managing Editor
ProPublica