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Fall 2016-2017
* JRN 445 (SA)   na, npdf

Investigative Journalism - Accountability Reporting

Joe Stephens

Students will learn the sophisticated reporting, research and interviewing techniques that investigative reporters use to root out corruption in public and private institutions. While learning to produce compelling news pieces, students will discover how these tools can be used to advantage in other fields and everyday life. In addition to exploring new models of journalism (crowd-sourcing, social networking), we will meet with some of the nation's most successful investigative journalists.

Sample reading list:
Brant Houston et al, The Investigative Reporter's Handbook
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, All the President's Men
daily newspapers and websites
investigative websites
copies of recent investigative reports
public documents

Reading/Writing assignments:
6-9 hours of preparation a week, consisting of reading, reporting, and writing. Short weekly assignments; one longer piece. Bi-weekly individual meetings with the professor.

Papers - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Other information:
Joe Stephens, Ferris Professor in Residence and investigative reporter for The Washington Post, is three-time winner of the George Polk Award and three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. One of his best-known investigations detailed drug company experiments on children overseas. His series on the Nature Conservancy, the world's largest environmental group, is the prototypical investigation of a charity. Most classes offer a trip to The Post or another major news organization.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22387 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   012   Enrolled:11 Limit:16