Investigative Reporting provides a step-by-step approach for tackling any investigative story, teaching reporters the skills they need to overcome common obstacles during investigative work. Experienced reporter and instructor, Marcy Burstiner offers readers guidance on how to identify story ideas, craft a premise, seek out human sources and documents, file public records requests, and analyze data. Including tips and advice from student and professional reporters, this comprehensive textbook also offers strategies for conducting interviews and for organizing information into a compelling story or series of stories that engage the reader through multimedia storytelling.

Highlights of the new edition include:

  • Updated examples and anatomies of news stories.
  • Extensive discussion of data reporting and analysis for investigative projects.
  • Guidance on how to request public records using state public records acts and how to appeal denials of public records requests.
  • Instruction on the use of free, collaborative tools for organizing, sharing and analyzing information.
  • A new chapter on creating a fact-checking system.
  • A section on careers in investigative journalism.
  • Interviews with student investigative reporters from colleges across the country, with professional investigative reporters from non-profit news organizations, emerging journalistic outlets and advocacy publications, and with staff and freelance reporters who produce stories for mainstream radio, television, print and online news organizations.

part I|39 pages

Getting Started

chapter 1|14 pages

What Is Investigative Reporting?

chapter 2|9 pages

Finding the Story

chapter 3|14 pages

Setting Up the Investigation

part II|97 pages

Gathering Information

chapter 4|13 pages

Finding Human Sources

chapter 5|15 pages

Documenting the Investigation

chapter 6|20 pages

Public Records

chapter 7|20 pages

The Interview Process

chapter 8|15 pages

Finding and Using Data

chapter 9|12 pages

Building Your Own Database

part III|66 pages

Writing and Publishing the Story

chapter 10|12 pages

Analyzing a Big Story

chapter 11|16 pages

Writing the Story

chapter 12|20 pages

Legal and Ethical Considerations

chapter 13|7 pages

Bulletproofing the Investigation

chapter 14|9 pages

Pitching the Story