Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter's Research Guide

Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter's Research Guide


By (author) Robert Cribb, By (author) Dean Jobb, By (author) David McKie, By (author) Fred Vallance-Jones

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, Canada
  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0195432304
  • ISBN 13: 9780195432305
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 40 figures, 3 tables

Product description

This comprehensive guide to investigative techniques provides journalism students with practical tips for finding information both on and off the public record in Canada. Written by a team of award-winning journalists, the text outlines how to develop story ideas, research strategies, pitch stories to editors and producers, and turn raw information into compelling investigative reports for print, radio, and television. Designed to encourage students to think independently and develop sound research techniques, the authors show how journalists can escape the 'spin cycle' by deciding for themselves what is newsworthy and finding their own sources of information. Digging Deeper is an indispensable resource for journalism students that will serve as a valuable reference guide throughout both their education and their careers.

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Author information

Robert Cribb is an award-winning investigative reporter at the Toronto Star. In addition to actively working in the field, he is also a journalism instructor at Ryerson University. Dean Jobb is a former reporter, editor, and columnist for the Halifax Herald and teaches investigative reporting and editing at the University of King's College School of journalism. David McKie is an award-winning journalist with the CBC News Investigative Unit. He is a specialist in computer-assisted reporting and teaches investigative journalism at Carleton University's School of Journalism. Fred Vallance-Jones is one of Canada's foremost experts on computer-assisted reporting and is formerly an award-winning special reports writer for the Hamilton Spectator. Previously an instructor in Ryerson's journalism department, in addition to co-authoring Digging Deeper, he now teaches journalism at the University of King's College School of journalism.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; PART I: GETTING STARTED ; 1. Introduction to Investigative Journalism ; 2. The Nuts and Bolts of Investigations ; PART II: THE KEY PRIMARY RESOURCES ; 3. Building a Foundation: Gathering Information Already Published or Broadcast ; 4. Using Public Records ; 5. Accessing Laws and Justice Systems ; 6. Digging into the Past: Using Historical Resources ; PART III: GETTING THE HEART OF THE MATTER: SPECIFIC INVESTIGATIONS ; 7. Researching and Finding People ; 8. Getting People to Talk: The Art of the Interview ; 9. Following the Money: Seeing the Business Angle in Any Story ; 10. Getting Behind Closed Doors: Using the Information Laws ; 11. Computer-Assisted Reporting ; PART IV: PUTTING IT ALL TO WORK ; 12. Organizing, Writing, and Libel-proofing the Investigative Story ; Appendix A: Quick Guide to Spreadsheets ; Appendix B: Database Managers ; Appendix C: Finance Facts ; Endnotes ; Index