A Watchdog's Guide to Investigative Reporting

A simple introduction to principles and practice in investigative reporting

Also available in Deutsch

'A Watchdog’s Guide to Investigative Reporting' is a simple introduction to the nuts and bolts of investigative journalism sprinkled with anecdotes and advice from some leading journalists. Written by senior journalism lecturer, Derek Forbes, the book comes at a time of renewed interest into the role of the fourth estate and investigative reporting to hold the powerful to account. Journalists who want to report on and in Africa are sure to benefit from the tips, suggestions, resources and legal information (on all SADC countries) contained in its pages.

In November, KAS released a new resource to help journalists understand investigative journalism in Sub-Sahara Africa and advance beyond general and "beat" reporting. A dynamic media needs investigative reporters who delve beyond the obvious facts to uncover truths that some would rather hide.

“The vast majority of Africa's journalists possess no formal training in the discipline and there are few accessible resources on the subject. This book may offer old hacks some new tricks and help the next generation of reporters understand the ropes of this discipline,” said KAS Media Head, Gaby Neujahr.

Watchdog’s Guide combines the research of University of Northwest senior lecturer Derek Forbes with the wisdom of several African investigative reporters to produce a useful jumping-on point for beginners.

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Derek Forbes


Republic of South Africa, November 1, 2005