Toronto Star Retreats from Investigative Report

Call it a case study from hell: Here's how Canada's largest paper, the Toronto Star, bungled a major investigative story on the hot topic of vaccines. Among other lessons, this stresses the importance of journalists having a firm grasp of science when writing on such issues.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Posted on: February 14, 2015

Meet a Brave Reporter in Ciudad Juarez

Despite the murder of dozens of journalists and constant intimidation from the police and drug cartels, Ciudad Juarez’s reporters aren’t backing down. “We don’t have time to put on a hero’s T-shirt. We have to do our work each and every day … and help our community overcome this,” Martin Orquiz says.

Source: Buzzfeed

Posted on: January 7, 2014

Giannina Segnini Wins Garcia Marquez Award

Giannina Segnini, who leads the investigative data unit at La Nacion in Costa Rica, won the Gabriel Garcia Marquez award for excellence in journalism. The jury highlighted “her extraordinary contribution to the quest for truth through investigative journalism and the use of the potential of new technologies in reporting.”

Source: Costa Rican Times

Posted on: November 19, 2013

Univision News Receives $500,000 Grant to Expand Investigative Journalism

Univision News has received $500,000 in grant funds from the Ford Foundation to support and expand its documentary and investigative units. The one-year grant will go toward producing in-depth reports about issues that affect the Hispanic community, including immigration, civic and political participation and access to higher education.

Source: Media Bistro

Posted on: August 12, 2013

More Investigative Journalism in Australia

Today, with most newspapers suffering a financial and circulation decline, a natural corollary would seem a decline in the ‘quality’ of their journalism. And yet, perceptions about a decline in the quality and number of investigative stories in today’s editions were not supported by the research.

Source: The Citizen

Posted on: August 12, 2013

Ecuador Loses Investigative Journal Vanguardia

"Like the death of a loved one". That's how Juan Carlos Calderón, editor of the newsmagazine Vanguardia, described the June 28 closing of the newsweekly that for eight years published hard-hitting investigations about public officials and faced frequent government harassment. Yet the final days of Vanguardia were almost as controversial as its stories.

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: August 6, 2013

Journalist Ordered to Testify in CIA Leaker Trial

A federal appeals court has delivered a blow to investigative journalism in America by ruling that reporters have no first amendment protection that would safeguard the confidentiality of their sources in the event of a criminal trial. Two judges ruled that a New York Times reporter, James Risen, must give evidence at the criminal trial of a former CIA agent who is being prosecuted for unauthorised leaking of state secrets.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: July 22, 2013

Consumers Want More Investigative News

Despite the hard hits taken by investigative teams, US audiences rank investigative stories second only to weather in what they want from news, according to a survey of 1,000 consumers. A related survey of media executives found that 68% feel investigative journalism should have a bigger role in their newsrooms, but 47% say they don’t have the support to accomplish that.

Source: TVNewsCheck

Posted on: July 7, 2013

Women at Forefront of Mexico Investigative Rptg

Women increasingly make up an important part of the media landscape in Mexico. According to a study by the organization Communication and Information for Women, there are more women journalists in radio and television than men, and they are increasingly the ones reporting on large-scale investigations.

Source: Journalism in the Americas

Posted on: June 28, 2013