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Investigative reporting in the digital age

February 3 to March 1, 2020
Instructores:   Lise Olsen Alejandra Xanic Lee Zurik Denise Malan
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This self-directed course page features course content from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas‘ massive open online course (MOOC) titled «Investigative reporting in the digital age.» The four-week course took place from February 3 to March 1, 2020. We are now making the content free and available to students who took the course and anyone else who’s interested in investigative reporting and data journalism basics, including experienced investigators who seek to deepen their skills on complex investigations, collaborations and data journalism.

The course was taught by a great team of instructors: Lise Olsen, Alejandra Xanic, Lee Zurik, Denise Malan.

 The course materials are broken up into seven modules:

  • Intro Module: Introduction to the course and the outline of topics
  • Module 1: Investigative Reporting – from your first idea to highly complex probes
  • Module 2: Transforming an idea into an investigative plan of action – solo or as part of a collaboration
  • Module 3: Investigating on video – from mastering the confrontational interview to tapping your audience for help
  • Module 4: The latest data journalism and dataviz tools to deepen your investigative work

As you review this resource page, we encourage you to watch the videos, review the readings, and complete the exercises as time allows. The course materials build off each other, but the videos and readings also act as standalone resources that you can return to over time.

We hope you enjoy the materials. If you have any questions, please contact us at journalismcourses@austin.utexas.edu.

Introduction to the course and the outline of topics

 Introduction

1. Welcome video

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2. Course syllabus

Syllabus 

 Materials

Investigative Reporting
– from your first idea to highly complex probes

 In this module you will learn:

  • How and where can you start investigating. Lies, contradictions and other investigative opportunities
  • Great sources and best places to start digging
  • Case studies: how to organize complex investigations of individuals, from a serial killer to a corrupt congressman

 Video Classes

1. Digging

Watch Video  Transcript  Slides

2. Digging Deeper: Tools and techniques in four investigations

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3. Interview with Pamela Colloff of ProPublica (Optional)

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 Readings

 Optional Resources

1. How to map connections between individuals, companies and more with VIS [journalism.co.uk]

2. Sources: Stuck on how to get sources to talk? Check the links below.

Transforming an idea into an investigative plan of action
– solo or as part of a collaboration

 In this module you will learn:

  • What are the steps in an investigation (and how can you survive it all?)
  • How to turn a rough idea into an investigative plan
  • Case studies: how independent reporters investigated the case of Mexico’s 2,000 hidden mass graves; inside the binational investigation of how U.S. giant Wal-mart violated Mexican laws.

 Video Classes

1. How to launch an investigation- Key steps

Watch Video  Transcript  Slides

2. A few tips that can ease work in your investigation

Watch Video  Transcripts  Slides

3. Interview with Denise Malan, deputy executive director at IRE and NICAR

Watch Video

Readings

 Optional Resources

Investigating on video
– from mastering the confrontational interview to tapping your audience for help

 In this module you will learn:

  • Do’s and don’ts for conducting confrontational interviews
  • New opportunities for using social media and crowdsourcing to investigate corruption, to obtain information and investigate quickly (even in a mass disaster situation)

 Video Classes

1. Opportunities for using crowdsourcing and social media

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2. Do’s and Don’ts for tough investigative interviews

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Readings

The latest data journalism and dataviz tools to deepen your investigative work

 In this module you will learn:

  • The importance of data in investigations and how to find data to deepen your reporting
  • New options for securely sharing information with sources and collaboration partners
  • Software and skills you need for your data journalism toolkit, including free data visualization tools to make your investigation more interactive (and generate more tips from readers)

 Video Classes

1. What data can do for your stories

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2. Data tools & resources

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3. Interview with Denise Malan, deputy executive director at IRE and NICAR (Optional)

Watch Video

Readings

1. Cleaning house [The IRE Journal]

2. Deconstructing data viz [The IRE Journal]

 Optional Resources