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Story-based inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists

Author: Hunter, Mark ; Hanson, Nils ; Sabbagh, Rana ; Sengers, Luuk ; Sullivan, Drew ; Thordsen, PiaINSEAD Area: Faculty at Large Corporate author: UNESCO Publisher: UNESCO, 2009.Language: EnglishDescription: 80 p. : Ill. ; 24 cm.Type of document: INSEAD Book Online Access: Click here Bibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical referencesAbstract: This manual provides a guide to basic methods and techniques of investigative journalism, and it consciously fills a gap in the literature of the profession. The majority of investigative manuals devote a lot of space to the subject of where to find information. They assume that once a reporter finds the information he or she seeks, he or she will be able to compose a viable story. We do not share that assumption. We do not think that the only issue is finding information. Instead, we think the core task is telling a story. That leads to the basic methodological innovation of this manual: We use stories as the cement which holds together every step of the investigative process, from conception to research, writing, quality control and publication. We also call this approach hypothesis-based inquiry, to underline that a story is only a hypothesis until it is verified.
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Includes bibliographical references

This manual provides a guide to basic methods and techniques of investigative journalism, and it consciously fills a gap in the literature of the profession. The majority of investigative manuals devote a lot of space to the subject of where to find information. They assume that once a reporter finds the information he or she seeks, he or she will be able to compose a viable story. We do not share that assumption. We do not think that the only issue is finding information. Instead, we think the core task is telling a story. That leads to the basic methodological innovation of this manual: We use stories as the cement which holds together every step of the investigative process, from conception to research, writing, quality control and publication. We also call this approach hypothesis-based inquiry, to underline that a story is only a hypothesis until it is verified.

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