Investigative Journalism

This course will explore issues, ethics and challenges of investigative reporting by analysing and discussing outstanding and controversial examples of this genre of journalism while participants work on real-world investigative project ideas.

It will stimulate you to effectively identify, develop and follow through investigative story ideas, research and interviewing techniques as well as personal safety while you're in the trenches.

In addition, you will learn the tips and tricks to navigating and effectively reporting on the power sector.

Class Instructor:
Ibanga Isine

Course Duration:
15 hours

Audience:
Editors, reporters, civil society activists, journalism teachers, etc.

1
Understanding investigative journalism
What is investigative journalism, and what it is not? Basic features of investigative journalism Benefits of investigative reporting to the public, media organisation, and the journalist
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2
Investigation versus routine reporting
Understanding the key differences: How does investigative reporting differ from routine reporting vis-à-vis techniques, required research, importance of documents, source relations, and expected outcomes
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Assessment 1
What have you gleaned so far
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3
Journalism ethics and the investigative reporter
Journalism ethics and best practices; an overview of basic journalism ethics
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4
The investigative reporter’s toolbox
Required tools that make for a successful Investigation; Tools, resources and open data bases for gathering and verifying facts.
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5
Planning and Fact Checking Tools for Conducting Investigative Reports
The most effective approaches to reporting and writing
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6
Writing the investigative report
How and what to report on the power sector in Nigeria
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Assignment 2
The benefits of Journalism on the power sector of Nigeria
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The Power Sector in Nigeria
Reporting on the power sector in Nigeria
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