We are in a pivotal moment for investigative journalism. It’s a moment ripe with opportunity, but it’s also one fraught with challenges and threats. In the West, the collapse of business models that have supported traditional media has led to fears about the demise of accountability journalism, especially in newspapers. Elsewhere, technology, democracy and globalization have opened up the media space, allowing exposure of wrongdoing that was not possible in the past.
This space contains practical tips on investigative reporting as well my reflections on what I believe is a golden moment for accountability journalism around the world. It draws from my work, both past and present. I teach at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, where I am director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. I was born in Manila and became a journalist in the twilight of the Marcos dictatorship. In 1989, I co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and was its director for 17 years.
Over the years, I’ve followed investigative reporting in many parts of the world. I’ve taught journalists in South and Southeast Asia as well as Southeastern Europe. I’ve written investigative reporting manuals for Southeast Asian and Balkan journalists and helped organize training courses for international journalists in New York and elsewhere.
Full disclosure: I am also involved in a number of nonprofit investigative reporting efforts. I am still on the board of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. I am also on the board of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity and the Sarajevo-based Overseas Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.
In addition, I sit on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Media Development Loan Fund and the National Security Archive. I am also on the board of overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review. In 2010, I joined the board of the International Crisis Group.
I welcome comments and suggestions. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.