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.
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:
- 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
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.
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