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Journalistic Excellence: Tips for Today’s Investigative Reporters

Posted on 06-12-2018 by Korinne Bressler

 According to Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism along with the University of Oxford in a study of global online news consumers, more than half of all online users across the 36 countries interviewed (54 percent) say they use social media as a source of news each week. This ranges from up to 76 percent in Chile to as low as 29 percent in Japan and Germany. And, more than one in 10 (14 percent) now say social media is their main news source. This equates to one third – 33 percent of the younger generation relying on social media as their primary source for news.

This increase in using social platforms as news sources underscores a few of the challenges facing investigative journalists today – how do you compete and provide deep, relevant content when there is a move away from traditional investigative reporting?

In our newest infographic, we break down some of the roadblocks to success. The investigative journalism landscape is quickly changing. With complicating factors like the rise of fake news, mistrust, and a growing number of news sources, journalists are tasked with doing more with less, while doing it faster and better than ever before.

So how do you break through these barriers to succeed? We have suggestions on moving past what can hold you back.

1. Develop Your Data

When your work pace is increasing and you now have millions of content source options versus hundreds, how do you get to the facts you really need, when you need them? By working with research experts that can help you set up customized searches and alerts that keep you up to speed, you can be confident you’re quickly accessing the information you need on key topics, as it happens. Be sure the searches also leverage historical data and can be adapted as news cycles and trends change. Often, the fullest picture comes together when history and present facts work in partnership.

2. Trust Your Sources

With trust in traditional journalism decreasing annually, it’s important that you can trust your sources. As you do your own research, it can be easy to follow an information trail that ultimately leads nowhere at worst or to an uncertain destination at best. There are research partners who can aggregate articles, reports and research from trusted sources, experts and authors so that you can be confident that you’re getting reliable data and trusted context to build out your stories.

3. Be Agile

Automate what you can so you can focus your time and talents on what requires your attention most. We’ve already talked about research services that not only set up searches and alerts, as well as aggregate content sources. Take that one step further with a partner that can add even more value by turning data into streamlined reports, translating your content into a variety of languages and sorting through data you may not need or find relevant. This will help you to engage global team members or resources for the fullest picture possible. An efficient research solution can be one of the most important members of your team.

Access and download our infographic now to learn more, gain insights and act.

Ready to take it even one step further?

Check out our site with a number of resources that can help investigative journalists succeed.

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