How reporters are working to revive investigative journalism

Dec 12, 2013

Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity spoke to Global Journalist about the pressures facing investigative reports.
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For decades, investigative journalists have worked tirelessly to unearth stories on government wrongdoing, corporate malfeasance, and other issues that provide a better understanding of the world around us, and hopefully, spark change. 

But today, the challenges to reporting such stories may be greater than ever before. Financial pressure on news outlets is reducing the resolve to fund such resource-intensive and time-consuming reporting. And an increasingly secretive government is making it all the more difficult to hold truth to power.

To learn more about the current state of investigate journalism, Global Journalist spoke to three veteran reporters.


Charles Lewis is the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit that reports on politics and government. Over his 30 plus year career, he’s worked as an investigative producer for ABC News and 60 Minutes.

Mark Horvit is the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a non-profit that aims to improve the quality of investigative journalism.

Leonard Downie is vice-president at large for the Washington Post and founder of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He’s also the author of a recent article published by the Committee to Protect Journalists on the Obama Administration and the Press.