Investigative reporting, done right, is an exacting and exhaustive form of specialized reporting. A single project can consume a year or more of intensive work, encompassing millions of pages of documents and massive datasets. An investigative series is never published without rounds of editing and rewriting, fact checking and legal review. Only then, when it is finally made public, does the point of it all become clear: more than any other form of journalism, investigative reporting matters. It is noticed. It finds a growing audience. It can have a tremendous impact, helping people and instigating real change. And sometimes, it even wins awards.
A pair of The Center for Public Integrity’s deepest investigations have just been named as two of the six finalists for the highly regarded Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. This prize is awarded annually by the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
I am proud that our reporting is being so recognized. I am even prouder of the hard work that has been done behind the scenes for so long by the investigative journalists, men and women, associated with the Center for Public Integrity and our global reporting arm, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).