Talk:Investigative journalism

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Morning all. I think this article is a good start. It needs fleshing out quite a bit. In fact a few more bones could be added also. I am happy to collaborate with any other editors who have access to any solid information on investigative journalism. I am also doing some research into ethical standards and IJ. Any information from reliable sources will be much appreciated. AlanBarnet 08:19, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

Hi again. Here are some sources that could be useful.

Investigative Journalism : Context and Practice by Hugo de Burgh (Paperback - May 2000)

This book is quite rigorous. It covers practice pretty well.

Investigative Reporting: A Study in Technique (Journalism Media Manual,) by DAVID SPARK (Paperback - Dec 1999)

This book may help explain the methodologies of IJ.

The Investigative Reporter's Handbook: A Guide to Documents, Databases and Techniques by Len Bruzzese, Brant Houston, and Steve Weinberg (Hardcover - Feb 15, 2002)

They're pretty recent. I'll have a browse. Any input is much appreciated. AlanBarnet 04:46, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Adding some quotes and info[edit]

Hi if there is anyone out there who wants to verify my quotes I am placing them in right now. Thanks. AlanBarnet 06:25, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

  • I think you've done an excellent job with the quotes. This one is especially true: "There is no more important contribution that we can make to society than strong, publicly-spirited investigative journalism." There is no more honorable writing in this world than investigative journalism. This is the only form of journalism that ferrets out the crooks, the frauds, the shysters--all of the illegitimate people who think that a "right to privacy" will cloak their illegal doings. I'm following a case now about a woman who is going to prison for welfare fraud and is going to lose her house. Only through investigative journalism can the general public become aware of social problems that are crying out for a remedy. Qworty 00:23, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

merge in exposé?[edit]

The exposé (journalism) article doesn't seem to cover (or be likely to ever cover) anything not within the scope of this article. Any objections to merging? --Delirium 17:44, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

  • Fine with me. Redirect it here. --Treekids (talk) 22:06, 22 March 2008 (UTC)


WhisperToMe (talk) 22:43, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

Somebody needs to go through all the entries of "examples" and insert the referencing, or alternatively delete those without referencing, or disregard the previous editor's deletion. Dallas66 (talk) 22:06, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Is "Investigative Journalist" as a synonym for "Muckraker"? Source says "no"[edit]

RJensen inserts today:

"In American journalism history, "investigative journalist" is a synonym for Muckraker,"

... and give a source of W. David Sloan; Lisa Mullikin Parcell (2002). American Journalism: History, Principles, Practices. McFarland. pp. 211–213.. (available at

On page 212, second column, about half way down, I see (with my emphasis):

"The muckraker's ideological motivation, however well it is controlled, is the fundamental charactaristic that sets muckraking apart from today's pure investigative reporting"

... and then further on....

"Muckraking journalists were social activists.... Modern investigative journalism, in contrast...

... both passages which clearly demonstrates to me that the source says "investigative journalist" is absolutely NOT a "synonym for muckraker" but there are differences; differences which this source discusses.

I'm going to go ahead and remove that assertion as completely contrary to the source. Marteau (talk) 20:52, 8 November 2015 (UTC)


This article sounds too much like a promotion about investigative journalism, focusing only on its accomplishments but not its failures (everything has pros and cons; to selectively display only one side is biased). Similarly, there is a lack of background on the practice. I've already removed the parts promoting ICIJ, but it needs to be improved further. --2001:630:12:2E20:5445:CA99:BDD3:87FA (talk) 15:15, 11 May 2016 (UTC)

You need to take more time and care to establish your arguments. For instance, how is it "promotion" when brief information is presented about an official global organisation of 165 journalists in more than 65 countries? If you know about failures, you can add a section thereon. Please edit the article in a neutral and positive way. I await your more considered and evidenced views and in the meantime am reverting your over-hasty edits. Bjenks (talk) 16:18, 11 May 2016 (UTC)

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