investigative journalism

P1 Key Journalism Skills

Knowledge, Book, Library, Glasses

Hypothesis – a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation (a.k.a. an educated guess).

Research – the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.

Objective – not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.

Research question – a question that a research project sets out to answer.

Converting Story Ideas

Corona Virus Blame: This is a perfect example of hypothesis in society as of now. People are quick to make the assumption that the rise in Covid-19 cases is near to completely down to the irresponsible actions of young people. Although this may be a portion of the cause, I believe that with further research I will find that older people must also take a look at themselves and the decisions that they make. An aspect of this I am particularly interested in, is what rate of anti-masker’s are young people? I, for one, do not see them partaking in these reckless protests that potentially endanger thousands of lives.

Beauty Standard: If we as a society truly practiceda what we preached, the beauty standard would have been something that was outdated and unheard of. However, we still have a long way to go to truly be inclusive of diversity. I would like to research what is keeping this standard alive, and the effect it has on young people’s mental health. Although I do not pay much attention to this on a personal level, I see first hand the effects it has on people around me. In a world dominated by social media presence, have we became more judgemental than ever before?

Skills I would use in my Journalism

Always make your identity clear – This is important to do to make your name known, for your style to become recognizable and for you to get credit on your work.

Be sympathetic with your quotes – Quotes are a useful way to back up your sources. They credibility to your work, and help the reader perceive the context of your piece better. If phrased correctly, the reader will gain confidence that you know what you’re talking about.

Retracting statements – If you do make a mistake, it’s important to be able to admit when you’re wrong. Spreading false information is something that, as a journalist, needs to be corrected ASAP. The sooner you apologize for this, the sooner your statement will blow over and people will move on.

Local can be easier – When covering a story, locality is the simplest way to go about it: interviews are on your doorstep, primary sources surround you and libraries can be full of useful information. Locality is also less time consuming – for example, it saves you having to travel to get first hand information on a story you were highly invested in.

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