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Investigative Reporting

Anderson, David & Benjaminson, Peter
Publisher:  Indiana University Press Bloomington & London
Year Published:  1976  
Pages:  308pp   ISBN:  0-253-20196-9
Book Type:  Handbooks/Manuals

Library of Congress Number:  PN4781.A59   Dewey:  070.43
Resource Type:  Book

Explains the art and science of investigative reporting: how to decide on a subject, how to find and evaluate sources, how to approach and interview the sources and the subject of the investigation, how to write the investigative story, how to insure that it gets published, and how to advance the aims of an investigation even after the publication of the first article. A major portion of the book is devoted to research in public documents.

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Table of Contents

Preface

PART I: BASICS
The Investigative Reporter
Ethics of Investigative Reporting
What to Investigate

PART II: SOURCES AND RECORDS
Attracting and Evaluating Sources
An Introduction to Records
Public and Private Records
Zoning, Land Use, and Property Tax Records
Court Records, Police Records, and the Law Itself
Election Fraud

PART III: TECHNIQUES
Approaching and Interviewing Sources
Abbreviated Investigations
Confronting the Principal
Gadgets
Dropping the Investigation
Wrinting Investigative Stories
Objectivity
Getting the Story Published
Keeping the Heat On

APPENDIX: INVESTIGATIVE EXAMPLES
Example 1: The Four Seasons Saga
Example 2: The Auto Towing Caper
Example 3: Land-Use Planning
Example 4: Ethics in Journalism
Example 5: The Patronage System
Example 6: The Hoffa Case

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