Introduction to Investigative Reporting

Course Overview

Introduction to Investigative Reporting
Self-Directed Course

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About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Some say that every reporter is an investigative journalist — or should be.

But it is more accurate to say that every reporter could be an investigative journalist.

In this course, you'll explore the investigative techniques that will improve your reporting — no matter what you cover. We will walk you through the steps of an investigative story from concept to follow-up. And we will give you a wealth of resources to help you on your next project.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to come up with the concept for your investigation
  • How to decide whether the investigation is feasible
  • How to find and get the best documents
  • How to find the right sources
  • How to give context to your story with finances, budgets and statistical measures
Who should take this course:

Professional journalists, journalism students and anyone who wants to produce a credible investigative story.

Course Instructor:

Brant Houston

Brant Houston is the Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, teaching investigative and advanced reporting. Houston became the chair after serving for more than a decade as the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), a 4,000-member organization, and as a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.