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Introduction to Investigative Reporting

About This Course:

Some say that every reporter is an investigative journalist — or should be.

But it is more accurate to say that every reporter could be an investigative journalist.

In this course, you'll explore the investigative techniques that will improve your reporting — no matter what you cover. We will walk you through the steps of an investigative story from concept to follow-up. And we will give you a wealth of resources to help you on your next project.

What Will I Learn:

  • How to come up with the concept for your investigation
  • How to decide whether the investigation is feasible
  • How to find and get the best documents
  • How to find the right sources
  • How to give context to your story with finances, budgets and statistical measures
  • Who Should Take This Course:

    Professional journalists, journalism students and anyone who wants to produce a credible investigative story.

    Course Instructor

    Brant Houston

    Brant Houston is the Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, teaching investigative and advanced reporting. Houston became the chair after serving for more than a decade as the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), a 4,000-member organization, and as a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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    3 to 4 hours