JRN410 - Specialization - Investigative Journalism

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Subject Title
Specialization - Investigative Journalism

Subject Description

All journalists investigate. Phone calls, in-person interviews, and digital research are the everyday stuff of storytelling. But as British media theorist Hugo de Burgh put it: ?It is often said that journalism is the first rough draft of history; by contrast, investigative journalism provides the first rough draft of legislation.? This course examines the tools used by a watchdog press as it attempts to hold institutions, business, government and the powerful accountable, mainly for crime, fraud, exploitation, discrimination and other abuses.
Students will build on news gathering techniques to conduct in-depth investigations into issues of social relevance. Advanced journalistic tools to locate, analyze/interview and incorporate difficult-to-find facts and people are studied. Fact-checking, legal and ethical verification, and multimedia story structuring for investigative journalism are explored.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Select stories appropriate for in-depth reporting and specialized information gathering techniques
  • Deploy enhanced investigative skills and techniques to uncover, assess, fact-check, legally and ethically verify, and report information valuable to the public
  • Perform advanced interviewing, in-person accountability techniques, and in-field investigations
  • Perform advanced digital research, data retrieval and analysis, such as data visualization
  • Employ accelerated investigative, social media and multimedia techniques to pitch, research, craft, fact-check and publish an in-depth reporting project
  • Apply legal and ethical reporting guidelines to investigative reporting projects

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.