Investigative Reporting: From Premise to Publication

2nd Edition

Marcy Burstiner

Published June 28, 2018
Textbook - 260 Pages
ISBN 9781138572164 - CAT# Y382309

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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.


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