The role of investigative journalism is to challenge the way people see and make sense the world around them, which in turn can lead to much-needed reform.
When done well, it can play an important role in democracy by holding the powerful accountable and by giving a voice to those who may not have a voice.
The job of an investigative journalist often involves swimming against the tide of what is considered popular, by presenting fresh context to pressing issues.
Dramatic new facts, for instance, can shake a corrupt government to its foundations. Revealing corporate misbehavior can lead to much-needed reforms. Exposing dangerous medicines can save lives.
In an era of great noise, independent media and investigative journalism are more important than ever.
The media have not been shy in complaining about the economic and political problems they face but they have yet to fully grasp that the current threats provide a wonderful chance to reexamine what news organizations do, and to become better as a result.
The same technology that is breaking the traditional business model of journalism presents a new set of opportunities.
If the fundamental job of investigative journalism is in finding patterns – patterns of wrongdoing, patterns of bad behavior, mistakes that have been repeated – then it is time for the media to take better advantage of the situation.
- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, USA, 5 April 2017.
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