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Journalism Research and Investigation in a Digital World

Stephen Tanner and Nick Richardson

30 May 2013

ISBN: 9780195518337

400 pages

Price: £69.99



Journalism Research and Investigation in a Digital World provides students of journalism with the research and investigation skills required to conduct complex investigations.

  • Recognises that journalists need to develop skills that will enable them to work across a range of media platforms, while adapting to the new technology that will help them locate, interpret and package information in a faster way.
  • Designed to allow readers to pick and choose the chapters and case studies to suit their immediate needs.
  • The various contributions can be read in isolation, or they can be coupled with other chapters and case studies to provide readers with the skills they require to tackle similar tasks themselves
  • Includes practical case studies written by a range of journalists in the field documenting how they tackled a particular story.
  • Highlights international and local examples, including Wikileaks and investigative social journalism and the Arab Spring .
  • Includes a whole part on applied investigations including political reporting, crime, health, business and many other areas.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Tanner, Professor, University of Wollongong, and Nick Richardson, Editorial training manager, The Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd

Stephen Tanner is professor of Journalism at the University of Wollongong. He has previously worked as a journalist and government media adviser. Stephen is an active researcher, having published widely on a range of topics, including media ethics, politics and teaching practice. He is currently lead researcher on an OLT grant looking at employer attitudes towards the qualifications of journalism graduates. Nick Richardson has been a journalist for 30 years. He has worked on newspapers and magazines in the UK and Australia, including The (Melbourne) Herald, The Australian and The Bulletin. He was an associate editor of The Herald Sun and a weekly columnist. He is adjunct professor of journalism at LaTrobe University in Melbourne and editorial training manager for News Ltd's Victorian titles.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: context
    1:Historical background
    2:Lessons from abroad (1) - partnerships
    3:Lessons from abroad (2) - Wikileaks
    4:The whistleblower in the digital age
    Part 2: Approaches and tools
    5:The process
    6:Research methods
    7:Social media as a research tool
    8:Maths and stats for journalists
    9:Data journalism (1)
    10:Data journalism (2)
    11:Interpreting financial documents
    12:PR strategies and journalism
    13:Legal issues
    14:Ethical issues
    15:Publishing your work
    Part 3: Applied investigations
    16:Political journalism
    18:The Environment
    21:Indigenous affairs
    24:Industrial relations

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