Release the Hounds: A Guide to Reearch for Journalists and Writers

Release the Hounds: A Guide to Reearch for Journalists and Writers

Release the Hounds: A Guide to Reearch for Journalists and Writers

Release the Hounds: A Guide to Reearch for Journalists and Writers

Synopsis

From finding and identifying Internet resources to investigating the people responsible for them, this guide takes journalists and writers through the challenging process of online research.

Excerpt

Professor Bruce Grundy

One of the best expositions I have seen of why we need journalism was written not by a journalist, but two lawyers. They had been commissioned by the government of the day to investigate the paper trail involved in a matter which had remained unresolved in one of our states for several years. It had been breaking out, like a goanna bite, in some parts of the media every few months.

When they submitted their report, they recommended that a full and open public inquiry be held into the matter. They maintained that the media had shown there had been numerous and serious breaches of the criminal law. They said:

The investigation which we have conducted serves to
underscore, once again, the importance of the media in
our community, as a ‘watchdog’ in respect of improper
conduct by governments and public authorities …

The role of journalists in such matters is often a diff
icult one. Lacking any compulsive powers apart from
those which exist under Freedom of Information leg
islation, the first problem which they frequently
encounter is to secure relevant information from public

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