Educators' roundtable: Best ways to teach investigative reporting
**Moderated by Brant Houston, University of Illinois
This session will offer examples of how to successfully teach investigative reporting at universities. Then, we’ll start a conversation among the panel members and audience on best practices and tips for turning the classroom into an investigative newsroom.
David Armstrong is the director of The Georgia News Lab, an award-winning investigative reporting collaborative. He is a veteran investigative reporter and editor. He served as bureau chief of the National Security News Service in Washington, D.C., and earlier as editor of the Texas Observer. He is the principal author of the book, “America and the Islamic Bomb: the deadly compromise,” an investigation of global nuclear trafficking networks. @GeorgiaNewsLab
Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois. Before Illinois he was executive director of IRE for more than a decade after 17 years as an award-winning investigative reporter in U.S. newsrooms. He is author of "Data for Journalists: A Practical Guide to Computer-Assisted Reporting" and co-author of "The Investigative Reporter's Handbook." He works with nonprofit newsrooms and co-founded INN and GIJN.
Deborah Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist based at University of Maryland, home of the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. Recent student projects examined jail suicides with the AP, urban heat islands with NPR and juvenile lifers with PBS NewsHour. Nelson co-authored a series for Reuters on military base housing that won top honors from SPJ, NPC and WHCA last year. She previously worked at the Washington Post, LA Times and Seattle Times.
Jacquee Petchel is executive editor of the Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia investigative reporting initiative at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She worked as a reporter at The Indianapolis News and The Arizona Republic, an investigative reporter and editor at the Miami Herald, investigative executive producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and WFOR-TV in Miami and investigations editor at the Houston Chronicle.
Brent Walth teaches investigative reporting at the University of Oregon Journalism and Communication. Before joiing the UO, he spent more than 30 years working as an editor, author, and investigative reporter, including for The Oregonian and Willamette Week. Among other honors, Brent has won the Gerald Loeb Award, was a 2008 IRE Award finalist, and at The Oregonian shared the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
4 Quick Tips for Student Investigations`
These 4 tips will help you as a teacher assisting student investigations.
Best ways to teach investigative reporting
Student journalists face many challenges with their work. They’re still gaining experience with the basics of the craft. Sources often don’t take them seriously. And many want to have an impact with their stories but can’t yet see a path to publication. It’s all that much more difficult when students are working on an investigative story, trying to turn up information others are trying to keep secret.
Student Investigation Tips for Teachers
This tipsheet from Deborah Nelson gives advice for teachers helping with student investigations.
Tips for Teaching Investigative Reporting
David Armstrong's tipsheet gives guidelines for teaching investigative journalism effectively.
Top Tips for Teaching Investigative Journalism
This tipsheet has all of Jacquee Petchel's best advice for journalism educators.