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Practical Newspaper Reporting, 3rd Edition by Geoffrey Harris, David Spark

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APPENDIX 1 INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Most reporting presents people, events, companies and organizations at their face value: it does not make judgements. Investigative journalism does make them. It reports what critics say, and draws attention to mistakes and abuses. It exposes what – whether for good or ill — is happening in secret behind the public image.

Peter Watson worked on Insight for the Sunday Times and has since made two lengthy investigations in the art world. He says that to be an investigative journalist you have to get into a situation where people leak information to you. That means you have to know what you are talking about.

Three different types of article get grouped under the investigative heading:

1  Narratives retelling in ...

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