Investigative Journalism relates to reporting of facts that are otherwise concealed either deliberately by someone in power, or because of a lack of transparency. In contrast to conventional reporting, where the “news” is often provided by others, investigative reporting requires the journalist to unearth the material through his own initiative. Where the subject of investigation is of real public interest, the story may have a major impact.
All students undertake a project of this type in the realm of business journalism. Under the guidance of professionals, students learn how to undertake an investigation — searching public records, interviewing experts and persons directly affected, evaluating sources, weighing evidence, verifying facts, and presenting their findings fairly and persuasively. Sting, the module emphasises, is the last resort of a conscientious journalist.