Shoe-leather reporting

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In journalism, shoe-leather reporting describes an on-the-ground approach to journalism, where reporters leave the safety and comfort of their desks, abandoning electronic and telephonic communication, to pound the pavement in the search of answers.

One reporter said, “[Our] reporting hasn't changed. I don't think it ever will. It's basic shoe leather reporting, hunting down sources and documents and confirming authenticity. That's always been [paramount]”.[1] Others feel that "old-fashioned", reliable reporting is fading fast.[2]


  1. ^ "Public Documents + Shoe Leather Reporting = The Smoking Gun's Staying Power". MediaShift. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  2. ^ Noonan, Erica (2009-09-23). "Reporting on the threat posed when reliable reporting fades away". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-08-28.