This third edition maps the new world of investigative journalism, where technology and globalisation have connected and energised journalists, whistle-blowers and the latest players, with far-reaching consequences for politics and business worldwide.
In this new edition, expert contributors demonstrate how crowdsourcing, big data, globalisation of information, and changes in media ownership and funding have escalated the impact of investigative journalists. The book includes case studies of investigative journalism from around the world, including the exposure of EU corruption, the destruction of the Malaysian environment, and investigations in China, Poland and Turkey. From Ibero-America to Nigeria, India to the Arab world, investigative journalists intensify their countries’ evolution by inquisition and revelation.
This new edition reveals how investigative journalism has gone digital and global. Investigative Journalism is essential for all those intending to master global politics, international relations, media and justice in the 21st century.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors
HUGO de BURGH
PART I Context
Chapter One: Data journalism in a time of epic data leaks
HAMISH BOLAND-RUDDER & WILL FITZGIBBON
Chapter Two: National security
Chapter Three: New models of funding and executing
Chapter Four: Digital sleuthing
Chapter Five: Kill one and a dozen return
Chapter Six: Legal threats in the UK
Chapter Seven: Mission-driven journalism
Chapter Eight: Grassroots operations
Part II Places
Chapter Nine: China and the digital era
WANG HAIYAN & FAN JICHEN
Chapter Ten: Syria: the war and before
Chapter Eleven: Survival in Turkey
Chapter Twelve: Poland since 1989
Chapter Thirteen: India’s paradox
Chapter Fourteen: Malaysia: a case study in global corruption
CLARE REWCASTLE BROWN
Chapter Fifteen: Ten years in Nigeria
EMEKA UMEIJI & SULEIMAN A. SULEIMAN
Chapter Sixteen: The European Union and the rise of collaboration
Chapter Seventeen: Investigative Journalism in Latin America Today
MAGDALENA SALDAÑA & SILVIO WAISBORD
Chapter Eighteen: How the United Kingdom’s tabloids go about it
Chapter Nineteen: The United Kingdom: reporting of the far-right
Chapter Twenty: The United Kingdom’s Private Eye: the ‘club’ the powerful fear
Afterword: A manifesto for investigative journalism in the 21st century
Hugo de Burgh is Professor of Journalism at the University of Westminster, where he set up the China Media Centre in 2005. He is also Professor in the School of Media & Communications at Tsinghua University. Previously he worked for Scottish Television, the BBC and (the UK’s) Channel 4. Recent books include China’s Media Go Global (2018, with Daya Thussu and Shi Anbin) and China’s Media in the Emerging World Order, Second Edition (2020). Previous publications include Investigative Journalism (three editions); Democracy in England: Possible & Necessary; The Chinese Journalist; Making Journalists; China, Friend or Foe?; China’s Environment and Chinese Environment Journalists; China and Britain: The Potential Impact of China’s Development; Facing Western Media 应 对西方媒体; The West You Really Don’t Know 你所不了解的西方故事 and Can the Prizes Still Glitter? The Future of British Universities in a Changing World.
Paul Lashmar is Head of the Department of Journalism at City University of London as well as Reader in the Department of Journalism. He has written extensively about the world of intelligence agencies for four decades. His research interests include investigative journalism, intelligence–media relations and organised crime. Lashmar has been an investigative journalist in television and print and on the staff of The Observer, Granada Television’s World in Action current affairs series and The Independent. Books authored or co-authored by him include Online Journalism: The Essential Guide (2014, with Steve Hill). Spies, Spin and the Fourth Estate was published in September 2020.
'This 3rd edition of Investigative Journalism confronts a profoundly changed media landscape. Reports of the death of investigative journalism as watchdog and custodian of conscience are way premature, as this book reveals. Essential.'
Dominic Ziegler, The Economist
'Investigative journalism makes crucial contributions to the development of society and the improvement of institutions all over the world. This 3rd edition of Investigative Journalism is a much-needed guide to investigative journalism in a new era of global uncertainty and upheaval.'
Zhang Lifen, Professor of Journalism, Fudan University
'This new edition, rich with case studies and best practice, illustrates a fresh encouraging wave of investigative journalism around the globe. Essential reading for students, academics and journalists who believe in holding the powerful to account.'
Richard Sambrook, Professor of Journalism, Cardiff University and Former Director, BBC News
'Investigative journalism is seeing a huge transformation and this book tells you about the most important developments – from the growing power of international collaboration over the new importance of open source investigations to the emerging role played by NGOs. It turns an eye not only to the countries of the English-speaking world but also to Asia, Africa and Latin America.'
Hans-Martin Tillack, Stern
'This book tracks the emergence of new tools and techniques for holding power to account and describes emerging models for cross-border collaboration and protection. The journalism of exposure can no longer be confined to nation-states. It has also become even more urgent and necessary.'
Sheila S. Coronel, Director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University