Journalists as Investigators and 'Quality Media' Reputation

Burns, Alex and Saunders, Barry (2009) Journalists as Investigators and 'Quality Media' Reputation. In: Communications Policy & Research Forum 2009, 19th-20th November 2009, University of Technology, Sydney.


The current 'future of journalism' debates focus on the crossover (or lack thereof) of mainstream journalism practices and citizen journalism, the 'democratisation' of journalism, and the 'crisis in innovation' around the 'death of newspapers'. This paper analyses a cohort of 20 investigative journalists to understand their skills sets, training and practices, notably where higher order research skills are adapted from intelligence, forensic accounting, computer programming, and law enforcement. We identify areas where different levels of infrastructure and support are necessary within media institutions, and suggest how investigative journalism enhances the reputation of 'quality media' outlets.

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing
Historical > FOR Classification > 1502 Banking, Finance and Investment
Historical > SEO Classification > 9405 Work and Institutional Development
Historical > FOR Classification > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
Historical > RFCD Classification > 400000 Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Historical > SEO Classification > 8904 Media Services
Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Keywords ResPubID17996. investigative methods, journalism, quality media, research skills
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