Investigative Journalism: Start Here
Real investigative journalism is hard work, there is nothing magic involved, but there are lots of clever techniques.
Join Investigative Reporters & Editors
Ask for information on the student membership. Publishes The IRE Journal.
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Purchase the book Get the Facts on Anyone, 3rd ed. which explains how to use public sources to check the background of any person or organization, by Dennis King, (New York: Macmillan; Arco, 1999).
Use the Freedom of Information Act:
The Freedom of Information Act applies only to document held by federal agencies. Guides can be found at:
Use State Open Records and Sunshine Laws
These vary by state, so refer to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press’ guide to what information is available in which states: http://www.rcfp.org/
Local branches of the American Civil Liberties Union often have information on (or even guides to) using the state laws.
Join the National Writers Union!
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Take the Summer Program at Z Media Institute
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