Mafia journalism as a discursive network beat

The study “ The Discursive Constitution of Mafia Journalism as a Network Beat” by Sergio Splendore from University of Milan investigates the work of mafia journalists. The article utilizes a institutional discursive approach to study mafia journalism as a discursive newsbeat, even if it is not recognized as an official newsbeat. All the major Italian … Continued


Investigative journalism and newsroom policies

New study “Between Structures and Identities: Newsroom Policies, Division of Labor and Journalists’ Commitment to Investigative Reporting” by Pauline Cancela from University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland studied how the division of labor in journalism and newsroom policies impacts the journalists’ willingness to engage in investigative journalism. There is a debate within the journalistic profession on what … Continued


Investigative journalism as relational skills and epistemic resources

New study “Inventive Factfinders: Investigative Journalism as Professional Self-representation, Marker of Identity and Boundary Work” by Fredrik Bjerknes of University of Bergen is situated in the context of the annual Norwegian investigative journalism award (SKUP). Qualitative textual analysis of 44 method reports submitted to SKUP in 2018 were investigated for the study. In it, the … Continued


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ARTICLE: Who pays for investigative journalism online – and why?

John Price, of University of Sunderland, has surveyed the subscribers of the online investigative journalism co-operative, The Ferret. Price wanted to find out who the subscribers are and what makes them want to invest money on the service. A total of 110 subscribers responded to Price’s survey, which represents a quarter of the small Scottish … Continued


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ARTICLE: Tips from sources lead to more influential stories

Investigative journalism is more likely to produce policy changes when the investigation is launched by a tip from a source, Gerry Lanosga, of Indiana University Bloomington, and Jason Martin, of DePaul University College of Communication, write. The authors analysed 757 journalist descriptions of investigative projects, lifted from the archives of the Investigative Reporters and Editors … Continued


PAPER: Investigating and revealing tax havens

Journalistic investigations on tax havens are crucial but difficult and dangerous, writes Sidsel Dalen, a Norwegian freelance journalist and a Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism fellow. In her fellowship paper Dalen reviews the global state of tax evasion and problems associated with investigating them. In addition, Dalen has interviewed journalists and scholars involved … Continued


CFP: Baltic journalism in an increasingly insecure environment

Abstract submissions are now open for the conference “Interaction of media and politics in the Baltic states”. The event is to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on the 7th and 8th of May. One of the conference’s four subthemes is titled “Political and investigative journalism”, although all sections of the event border journalism scholarship in … Continued


Online first: Investigative journalism with massive data is not easy

Epistemological tensions arise when journalists create news stories by analyzing huge datasets, writes Sylvain Parasie. Traditional journalistic norms can be reached, but only with significant effort. As the author’s investigation points out, journalists are split over the issue: some use data to confirm their hypotheses while others simply report what the data has to offer. … Continued