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What is Investigative Reporting?

Investigative Reporting is searching for news, facts, crimes and frauds that have been suppressed or hidden and reporting the same for the benefit of the public and society. By bringing these hidden details to light, investigative reporting aims to educate people on the various perils lurking in society. It also makes them aware of their rights and discourages criminals from committing wrong doings in the future.

Investigative reporting is risky for the reporter because at times the people on whom the story revolves (this may include the government, companies, financial institutions, individuals, etc.) are not co-operative and can also use other means to prevent the story from being published. Investigative reporting thus involves seeking facts, double-checking for their veracity, analyzing them and presenting them in a clear-cut manner for the understanding of the public. You can hire an investigative reporter from a freelance marketplace website like Guru. These competent professionals will assist you in your endeavor to unveil facts that are being withheld from the community at large.

What Does an Investigative Reporter Do?

An investigative reporter usually has a good network of sources who give tip-offs on any wrongdoings. The reporter then has to use his/her judgment and investigate the matter. With patience, they track sources, talk to them, and gather as many facts as possible. They also take care to back these facts with solid evidence so that the account/story is authentic and not defamatory. They then prepare their report which is published through newspapers, television channels, or other social media. The entire process may take a long time and they may have to face threats to back-off. Generally, investigative reporters have a good knowledge of the legal system and government regulations prevalent in their country so that they can work within its framework. You can hire freelance criminal investigators to help you find out about crimes and other related violations. With their proximity to police personnel and criminal lawyers, they can assist you in collecting evidence for the cases. There are also many journalists for hire who will lend their expertise to help you write a compelling expose.

You can hire the services of freelance investigative reporters from Guru, one of the best sites to find freelance work. Before you engage their services do ensure that they:

  • Have excellent investigative skills.
  • Good network and contacts.
  • Patience to follow-up a case till the very end.

Qualifications of a Freelance Investigative Reporter

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism and/or related field
  • Knowledge of Government regulations, laws, and justice system of the country so that they can decide on the nature and extent of violation that has occurred and accordingly investigate the matter.
  • Good analytical and communication skills.
  • Previous experience in working on similar cases.

Benefits You Get When You Hire Investigative Reporter

  • They will help you uncover violations with the help of their cultivated network of sources.
  • They will help you collate facts and evidence in line with the regulatory framework.
  • They will assist you in presenting the details to the public in a manner that is to the point and fit for their consumption.

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