Employing Different Strategies With Two Projects

September 2008
Nieman Reports;Fall2008, Vol. 62 Issue 3, p21
The article examines reporting and editing techniques in investigative reporting. A case study is offered in a first-person narrative of the creation of two stories in "The Post & Courier" newspaper of Charleston, South Carolina. One story was an investigation of the city's fire department in the wake of a fire in which nine firefighters were killed in June, 2007. The other was an investigation of possible fire dangers in the state's school buses. The latter story was more time-consuming and difficult to report, since it involved exposing a danger that had yet to manifest itself in a tragedy. However, it resulted in stricter inspection of school buses. The author concludes that the second form of investigative journalism may be of greater value to society.


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