Source:James Grimaldi, Chris Jackson and Carolyn Thompson
Affiliation:The Wall Street Journal and Ipsos
Surveys are a familiar social science tool in newsrooms. But did you know that you can use them to break through obstacles in your investigation? In one case, powerful email programs and online surveys let reporters track down thousands of victims whose stolen identities were used to defraud the government. In another case, enterprising reporters barred from part of a foreign country used a mobile phone survey to track down human rights violations. Phil Meyer gave you the basics on newsroom surveys in "Precision Journalism." This panel will explain modern, practical methods and tools that can be adapted for investigative journalism.