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What will we learn?

This week’s learning objectives are:

  • Spotting an example of ‘investigative journalism’.

In this section we examine what separates an investigative story from other categories of reporting? How can we start to define this genre of journalism?

  • What makes the best investigations?

We will be looking at the elements that make up the finest investigative journalism stories. What are they? Why are they important?

  • Understanding the ethical and legal requirements for investigations.

We explain why it’s important to carry out investigations in a sound legal and ethical context to ensure the best and safest outcome for all involved.

  • First steps in carrying out an investigation.

Knowing what the first steps are in any investigation is vital: In this section we examine what order your investigative project should proceed in.

  • The best ways to tell an investigative story.

Not all investigative stories and projects are the same. This section looks at the best ways to tell a story and what the various platforms available mean for publication.

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Introduction to Journalism

University of Strathclyde