ENG-4160 Investigative Journalism

3 credits

Prerequisite: ENG-2051, 2052, and 3022.

This course is designed to teach students best practices for in-depth reporting— reporting that goes beyond the immediate facts and official accounts. Students will learn to use public records, databases, and fieldwork to probe deeply into stories, with greater focus on the who, the why, and the overall context than is provided in the usual daily fare. Students will have a chance to grapple with complex stories that help define the political, social, and environmental realities of Vermont. Good investigative reporting, however, involves more than focused research techniques; students will learn how to hone analytical skills and to understand the legal and ethical issues involved in the craft. This class will emphasize stories that require planning, research, and clear goals towards greater understanding of important public issues.