What is investigative journalism?
- Critical and thorough Journalism - critical refers to the journalist being an active participant in events rather than simply an observer. Active intervention is the key idea. The journalist makes a substantial effort regarding time and sources.
- Custodians of conscience - "Investigation takes society's morals and normals and holds breaches up to public scrutiny; in other words, what they call 'civic vice' is exposed for society to respond."
- To provide a voice for those without one and to hold the powerful to account - social justice - power to the powerless - public interest being a key interest.
- Fourth Estate/Fourth Branch of Government/Watchdog - Journalists represent the interests of those without power to balance the power of the government. Journalists ensure free flows of information necessary for the functioning of democracy by interrogating the judiciary, executive and legislature. Journalists make accountable public personalities and institutions whose functions impact social and political life.
What do we investigate?
- Online news - less money = less journalists + less time = LESS INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
- Less journalists - not as many people in the newsrooms