Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter's Research / Edition 2

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This second edition of Digging Deeper has been significantly revised and updated to reflect the changes and advances that have occurred in the field of journalism since the first edition was published in 2006, most notably the role of technology in journalism. Digging Deeper, second edition, continues the tradition of being a comprehensive manual of investigative journalism, reflecting the combined journalistic and teaching experience of the highly influential author team of Robert Cribb, Dean Jobb, David McKie, and Fred Vallance-Jones.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195432305
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Part I Getting Started

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Investigative Journalism 2

But What Is Investigative Journalism? 3

Where Daily Journalism Ends and the Investigation Begins 3

The Twelve Keys 7

Conclusion 12

Suggestions for Further Reading 13

Chapter 2 The Nuts and Bolts of Investigations 14

What Makes a Good Investigative Story? 14

Where Good Ideas Come From 16

Reviewing and Auditing the Idea 19

The Heart of the Investigation 22

Special Situations 24

Getting Help When You're Stuck 28

A Note on Ethics 28

Conclusion 28

Suggestions for Further Reading 28

Case Study: Part I Colin Parrott 29

Part II The Key Primary Resources

Chapter 3 Building a Foundation: Gathering Information Already Published or Broadcast 34

Traditional Sources 35

Electronic Sources 37

Conclusion 41

Chapter 4 Using Public Records 42

Introduction 42

WhereThey Are 45

What They Say 53

What They Get 54

What They Do 57

Conclusion 76

Chapter 5 Accessing Laws and Justice System Records 77

Researching Laws and Regulations 78

Finding and Using Court Records 80

Criminal Case Documents 85

Civil Case Documents 91

Publication Bans and Other Restrictions on Court Documents 94

Accessing Other Justice Records 99

Putting Justice Records to Work 101

Suggestions for Further Reading 102

Chapter 6 Digging into Past: Using Historical Resources 103

Historical Reference Tools 104

Library Resources 106

Specialized Tools 110

Using Archives 111

Suggestions for Further Reading 115

Case Study: Part II Jim Bronskill 115

Part III Getting to the heart of the Matter: Special Invetigations

Chapter 7 Researching and Finding People 124

Introduction 124

Online Backgrounding 126

The Public-Records Checklist 139

Privacy Concerns and Dealing with confidential Information 149

Connecting the Dots 154

Chapter 8 Getting People to Talk: The Art of the Interview 156

The Basic Interview 156

The Successful Investigative Interview 157

Recording the Answers 166

How to Get People to Talk to You 167

The Dilemma of √°Off the Record' 169

Interviewing Online 173

Working with Media-Relations People 175

A Final Note on Media Training 176

Suggestions for Further Reading 177

Chapter 9 Following the Money: Seeing the Business Angle in Any Story 178

Introduction 178

Case Study: Nursing-Home-Chain Disaster 179

Getting the Numbers 181

Getting Information from Outside the Company 193

Conclusion 196

Suggestions for Further Reading 197

Exercises 197

Chapter 10 Getting Behind Closed Doors: Using the Information Laws 199

Introduction 199

The Laws 202

How to Make Your Request 208

The Challenges 215

What you Can Get 218

Conclusion 229

Chapter 11 Computer-Assisted Reporting 231

Introduction 231

The Development of CAR 231

CAR Tools 232

How the Tools Are Used 234

CAR in Action: A Detailed Case Study 236

CAR as a Tool 238

Conclusion 245

Suggestions for Further Reading 246

Case Study: Part III Steve Buist 247

Part IV Putting It All to Work

Chapter 12 Organizing, Writing, and Libel-Proofing the Investigative Story 252

Preparing to Write, Right From the Start 252

Writing the Investigative Story 253

Writing for Broadcast 260

Libel-Proofing the Story 263

Suggestions for Further Reading 275

Case Study: Part IV Jeffrey Simpson 275

Appendix A Quick Guide to Spreadsheets 280

Appendix B Database Managers 303

Appendix C Finance Facts 317

Notes 328

Index 346

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