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Investigative Reporting : A study in technique - David Spark

Investigative Reporting

A study in technique

Paperback Published: 18th November 1999
ISBN: 9780240515434
Number Of Pages: 286

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This important book defines what investigative reporting is and what qualities it requires. Drawing on the experience of many well-known journalists in the field, the author identifies the skills, common factors and special circumstances involved in a wide variety of investigations. It examines how opportunities for investigations can be found and pursued, how informants can be persuaded to yield needed information and how and where this information can be checked. It also stresses the dangers and legal constraints that have to be contended with and shows real life examples such as the Cook Report formula, the Jonathan Aitken investigation and the Birmingham Six story.
David Spark, himself a freelance writer of wide experience, examines how opportunities for investigations can be found and pursued, how informants can be persuaded to yield needed information and how and where this information can be checked. He also stresses the dangers and legal constraints that have to be contended with and shows investigators at work in two classic inquiries:
- The mysterious weekend spent in Paris by Jonathan Aitken, then Minister of Defence Procurement
- The career of masterspy Kim Philby
Investigative Reporting looks at such fields for inquiry as company frauds (including those of Robert Maxwell), consumer complaints, crime, police malpractice, the intelligence services, local government and corruption in Parliament and in overseas and international bodies.
The author believes that the conclusions that emerge from this far-reaching survey are of value not only in investigative journalism, but to practitioners in all branches of reporting.
The most comprehensive book on investigative journalism
Learn first hand from real-life examples
Get tips on writing style and where to find ideas

'A sensible and well-researched handbook which breaks new ground and pretty well covers the waterfront.' David Leigh, British Journalism Review

List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
What is investigative reporting?p. 1
The making of an investigative reporterp. 9
Insight and the development of techniquesp. 23
Finding the storiesp. 32
Pursuing inquiries: doing it rightp. 41
Pursuing inquiries: getting it rightp. 50
Finding the peoplep. 57
Dealing with documentsp. 65
Getting people to talkp. 74
Writing it: problems and pitfallsp. 93
Two classic investigationsp. 107
Looking into companiesp. 120
The Maxwell investigationsp. 137
Social and consumer affairsp. 148
Crimep. 162
Trail of the bent coppersp. 175
Security and intelligencep. 195
Investigating local governmentp. 200
Sleazep. 213
Cruelty and corruption abroadp. 224
Books for further readingp. 237
People who helped with this bookp. 239
Council information open to public viewp. 243
Press Complaints Commission - Code of Practicep. 247
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780240515434
ISBN-10: 0240515439
Series: Journalism Media Manual,
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 18th November 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1