|Multiple award winning Nigerian investigative journalist, Musikilu Mojeed|
- Investigative journalism is a “bipolar industry,” according to Drew Sullivan of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and author of the CIMA report “Investigative Reporting in Emerging Democracies: Models, Challenges, and Lessons Learned.”
- According to the CIMA report “Global Investigative Journalism: Strategies for Support” by David E. Kaplan, only 2 percent of media development aid goes to investigative journalism, yet there’s no such thing as an investigative editor in the developing world, Sullivan says. “Investigative editors are extremely rare,” he said. “I’ve met less than five in my 13 years of working abroad.” This lack of structure limits the potential of investigative journalism.
- The trajectory for the development of investigative journalism is changing, said Sheila Coronel, director of the Stabile Center for Investigative journalism. Traditionally, investigative journalism followed a linear progression as it developed within a given country, starting in partisan newspapers, shifting to a “lone wolf phase” of “individual crusaders within professional news organizations doing investigative reporting” and finally transitioning to a “truly professional phase, where investigative journalism becomes institutionalized,” Coronel said.
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