Auteur / Author : Derek Forbes ONLINE
Titre / Title : A Watchdog’s Guide to Investigative Reporting. A simple introduction to principles and practice in investigative reporting
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Editeur / Publisher : Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Programme EN
Année / Year : 2005   Nbr. Pages :      268 pages / 978 Kb     Taille / Size


Evaluation / Book review.
This book is an 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. The aim of the book is to provide a practical guide to those interested in investigative journalism with a particular focus on South Africa.
The book contains tips, suggestions, resources and legal information (on all SADC countries) which are aimed at journalists who want to report on and in Africa. This guide comes at the time of renewed moves towards African development and democracy and rapidly changing communication and media environments in African states. It is within this evolving environment that investigative journalism strives to play a watchdog role, overseeing the creation of more democratic and responsible governments.
The book provides practical guides on investigative journalism and also discusses issues of media law. It documents past experiences of southern African journalists in the form of comment, anecdote and case studies.
(Book-review by Communication Initiative Africa, Soul Beat Issue 66 - Resource Materials
July 12 2006

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