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Introduction to Investigative Reporting

Investigative reporting holds a critical role in American civic life: It sheds light on secrets and lies, exposes government malfeasance, tracks wrongdoing by lawmakers, corporate executives and power brokers and separates fact from fiction.

In this course, we’ll explore the history, ethics, challenges and successes of investigative reporting, learn the tools used by the country’s top investigative reporters and ultimately produce a single, compelling in-depth investigative story that breaks new ground and captivates readers. Consider yourself part of a working investigative team. Consider your professor an editor and guide. Throughout the quarter, you will experience the challenges and joys of investigative reporting first-hand and will leave class with the critical thinking, research and writing skills used by watchdog reporters in newsrooms nationwide.