Praise for the first edition:
`A surprising book. I'm surprised that it hasn't been done before, and I'd also be surprised if anyone did it better.'- Roger Cook, The Cook Report, Central Television
`A book that no aspiring student of the subject can do without.' - Jon Snow, Channel 4 News
Investigative journalism has helped bring down governments, imprison politicians, trigger legislation, reveal miscarriages of justice and shame corporations. Even today, when much of the media colludes with power and when viciousness and sensationalism are staples of formerly high-minded media, investigative journalists can stand up for the powerless, the exploited, the truth.
Investigative Journalism provides an unrivalled introduction to this vital part of our social life: its origins, the men and women who established its norms and its achievements in the last decades. Two chapters describe the relationships with the law, bringing us up to date, and others deal with the professional techniques, the sociology and the teaching of investigative journalism. A further new chapter examines the influence of the blogosphere on investigative journalism.
The case studies of the first edition have been supplemented by new chapters: the investigators and methods which revealed the subcontracting of the torture of Iraqi prisoners; how the murder of Stephen Lawrence was treated in the Daily Mail; the tabloids and their investigations; BBC Panorama.
Notes on contributors Acknowledgments Part 1: Context 1. Introduction 1a. Contacts 2. The Emergence of Investigative journalism 3. Forty Years of British Investigative journalism 4. Journalism since 1997: issues and debates 5. Investigative journalism & blogs 6. Investigate Journalism and English Law 7.The English Freedom of Information Act 8. The Practices of Investigate Journalism 9. Universities as evangelists of the watchdog role: teaching investigative journalism to undergraduates 10. Investigative journalism and scholarship Part 2: Cases 11. From shadow boxing to Ghost Plane: English journalism and the War on Terror 12. High politics and low behaviour: Sunday Times Insight 13. Getting at corporate corruption: BBC's File on Four 14. Due Impartiality? BBC Panorama and the case of "IVF Undercover" 15. Scrutinising social policy: a Dispatches from Channel 4 16. Investigative Journalism with Attitude: The Daily Mail 17. Exposing miscarriages of justice: BBC's Rough Justice 18. Local power and public accountability: an example from the East Midlands 19. Subterfuge, set-ups, stings and stunts: how the "red-tops" go about their investigations 20. Pillaging the environmentalists: The Cook Report 21. Gravedigging: the case of "the Cossacks" 22. Interfering with foreigners: First Tuesday Index