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Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your Attention

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Investigative Journalism books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information (2018)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionCompletely Rewritten Sixth Edition Sheds New Light on Open Source Intelligence Collection and Analysis Author Michael Bazzell has been well known in government circles for his ability to locate personal information about any target through Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). In this book, he shares his methods in great detail. Each step of his process is explained throughout twenty-five chapters of specialized websites, software solutions, and creative search techniques. Over 250 resources are identified with narrative tutorials and screen captures. This book will serve as a reference guide for anyone that is responsible for the…
Author(s): Michael Bazzell

2. Investigative Reporter’s Handbook: A Guide to Documents, Databases, and Techniques (2008)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionLearn how to use fundamental news reporting and writing skills, from gathering sources and tracking information, to interviewing and pursuing investigative stories on a variety of beats with the Investigative Reporter’s Handbook….
Author(s): Brant Houston, Investigative Reporters & Eds.

3. How to Find Out Anything: From Extreme Google Searches to Scouring Government Documents, a Guide to Uncovering Anything About Everyone and Everything (2012)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionIn How to Find Out Anything, master researcher Don MacLeod explains how to find what you’re looking for quickly, efficiently, and accurately—and how to avoid the most common mistakes of the Google Age. Not your average research book, How to Find Out Anything shows you how to unveil nearly anything about anyone. From top CEO’s salaries to police records, you’ll learn little-known tricks for discovering the exact information you’re looking for. You’ll learn: •How to really tap the power of Google, and why Google is the best place to start a…
Author(s): Don MacLeod

4. Investigative Journalism: Proven Strategies for Reporting the Story (2007)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionInvestigative Journalism is a “how-to” primer for beginning investigative journalists. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter William C. Gaines uses a unique case-study method to teach readers what investigative reporting is, why it is im…
Author(s): William Gaines

5. The Elements of Journalism, Revised and Updated 3rd Edition: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect (2014)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your Attention  Seventeen years ago, the Committee of Concerned Journalists gathered some of America’s most influential newspeople to ask the question, “What is journalism for?” Through exhaustive research, surveys, interviews, and public forums, they identified the essential elements that define journalism and its role in our society. The result is this, one of the most important books on the media ever written, and winner of the Goldsmith Book Award from Harvard, the Society of Professional Journalists award, and the Bart Richards Award from Penn State University.   Updated with new material covering the…
Author(s): Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel

6. Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University (2007)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionThe country’s most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors gather each year at Harvard’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Telling True Stories presents their best advice—covering everything from finding a good topic, to structuring narrative stories, to writing and selling your first book. More than fifty well-known writers offer their most powerful tips, including:• on the emotional core of the story• on writing about private lives• on the limits of profiles• on narrative writing and screenwriters• on telling the story and telling the truth• Dozens of…
Author(s): Mark Kramer, Wendy Call

7. Investigative Reporting (2018)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionInvestigative Reporting provides a step-by-step approach for tackling any investigative story, teaching reporters the skills they need to overcome common obstacles during investigative work. Experienced reporter and instructor, Marcy Burstiner offers readers guidance on how to identify story ideas, craft a premise, seek out human sources and documents, file public records requests, and analyze data. Including tips and advice from student and professional reporters, this comprehensive textbook also offers strategies for conducting interviews and for organizing information into a…
Author(s): Marcy Burstiner

8. Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World (2014)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionCrusading journalists from Sinclair Lewis to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have played a central role in American politics: checking abuses of power, revealing corporate misdeeds, and exposing government corruption. Muckraking journalism is part and parcel of American democracy. But how many people know about the role that muckraking has played around the world? This groundbreaking new book presents the most important examples of world-changing journalism, spanning one hundred years and every continent. Carefully curated by prominent international journalists working in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the…
Author(s): Anya Schiffrin

9. The Science Writers’ Investigative Reporting Handbook: A Beginner’s Guide to Investigations (2018)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your Attention"The Science Writers' Investigative Reporting Handbook: A Beginner's Guide to Investigations" is a practical, step-by-step guide that gives writers all the tools they'll need to add accountability reporting to their stories. In a concise, easy-to-follow format, it lays out strategies and resources designed to empower beginners to launch science-based investigations. It draws on the experience and insights of teachers and practicing journalists alike to illuminate the fundamental principles of investigative reporting, offering…
Author(s): Liza Gross

10. Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism (2018)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionWinner of the Goldsmith Book Prize, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Winner of the Tankard Book Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass CommunicationWinner of the Frank Luther Mott–Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism & Mass Communication Research Award In democratic societies, investigative journalism holds government and private institutions accountable to the public. From firings and resignations to changes in budgets and laws, the impact of this reporting can be significant―but so too are the costs. As newspapers confront shrinking subscriptions and advertising…
Author(s): James T. Hamilton

11. Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism That Changed the World (2005)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionPrison scandals, terrorism, corporate fraud, election rigging—most likely you have heard something of the sort in the last ten minutes. But what is truth and what is part of the great “washout” of biased reporting? A celebration of lucid investigative reporting, selected by titan of the craft John Pilger, could come at no better moment. Pilger’s book travels through contemporary history, from war correspondent Martha Gelhorn’s wrenching 1945 account of the liberation of Dachau to Edward R. Murrow’s groundbreaking excavation of McCarthyism to recent coverage of the war in Iraq. This homage to brave, often unsettling coverage…
Author(s): John Pilger

12. Practical SQL: A Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling with Data (2018)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionPractical SQL is an approachable and fast-paced guide to SQL (Structured Query Language), the standard programming language for defining, organizing, and exploring data in relational databases. The book focuses on using SQL to find the story your data tells, with the popular open-source database PostgreSQL and the pgAdmin interface as its primary tools. You’ll first cover the fundamentals of databases and the SQL language, then build skills by analyzing data from the U.S. Census and other federal and state government agencies. With exercises and real-world examples in each chapter, this book will teach even those who…
Author(s): Anthony DeBarros

13. Nellie Bly and Investigative Journalism for Kids: Mighty Muckrakers from the Golden Age to Today, with 21 Activities (For Kids series) (2015)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionIn the late 1800s, the daring young reporter Elizabeth Cochrane—known by the pen name Nellie Bly—faked insanity so she could be committed to a mental institution and secretly report on the awful conditions there. This and other highly publicized investigative “stunts” laid the groundwork for a new kind of journalism in the early 1900s, called “muckraking,” dedicated to exposing social, political, and economic ills in the United States. In Nellie Bly and Investigative Journalism for Kids budding reporters learn about…
Author(s): Ellen Mahoney

14. The Anonymous Source (An Alex Vane Media Thriller) (Volume 1) (2016)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionIt's one year after the 9/11 attacks and court reporter Alex Vane is fighting to break into the flashy world of TV news. But when he uncovers the scoop of a lifetime, his tightly-controlled world is rocked: his editor buries his story, a source turns up dead, and Alex finds himself at the center of a violent media conspiracy.As he receives tips from a mysterious source, Alex enlists the help of a captivating professor, Camila Gray. Aided by an Internet genius, a billionaire's sexy widow, and a washed-up sports reporter, Alex and Camila discover a…
Author(s): A.C. Fuller

15. War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (2019)

 Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your AttentionA harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership, by the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America’s place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America’s deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We’re becoming a nation that shoots first…
Author(s): Ronan Farrow

Best Investigative Journalism Books Worth Your Attention

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CIA Torture Unredacted - An Investigation into the CIA torture programme

Author(s): Sam Raphael; Crofton Black; Ruth Blakeley
ID: 2389062, Publisher: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Year: 2019, Size: 19 Mb, Format: pdf

The Rise Of Nonprofit Investigative Journalism In The United States

Author(s): Bill Birnbauer
ID: 2438786, Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Investigative Journalism: A Survival Guide

Author(s): David Leigh
ID: 2467761, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

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