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18.02.2014 -

Story Based Inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists by Mark Lee Hunter Released in Spanish and Portuguese

Story Based Inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists: This widely acclaimed manual for investigative journalists was first published in 2009 in a number of languages, excluding Spanish and Portuguese. Five years later, due to overwhelming demand, UNESCO has now released this remarkable publication in Spanish and Portuguese available to download for free.

The value and importance of accurate, careful, researched investigative journalism to a democracy is becoming increasingly conspicuous. Its contributions are imperative to democratic governance. The existence of a public watchdog that exposes and informs the masses on malpractices by trusted members of a society or governmental representations is key to a healthy functioning democracy. However, Mark Lee Hunter suggests that investigative journalism does not only involve looking for wrong doings. In his publication Story-Based Inquiry he says, “Do not look only for things that involve wrongdoing. It is often more difficult to do a good job of reporting on something that is going right – to understand a new talent, or a development project that met its goals, or a company that is creating wealth and jobs. Identifying the replicable elements of success, or “best practices”, is a valuable service to your viewers."

Due to the nature of their work, investigative reporters often face many unforeseen challenges, especially in countries where the rule of law is weak. Throughout the last decade more than 600 journalists were killed and many more suffered other non-fatal attacks. Furthermore, there has been an extremely low rate of conviction of the perpetrators of these crimes. Not only does UNESCO recognise the importance of Investigative Journalism and therefore unceasingly promotes debates on media accountability and professional and ethical standards, it also recognises the threats the journalists are subjected to while carrying out there work.

UNESCO provides journalists with guiding principles and training materials on how to best exercise their profession, such as Mark Hunter’s Story-Based Inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists. And as part of the Organisations longstanding commitment to promote the safety of journalists it initiated the UN Plan of Action for the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which was endorsed by the UN Chief Executive Board on 12th April 2012. UNESCO also highlights the importance of freedom of information to investigative journalism.

UNESCO encourages and supports young people who are interested in investigative journalism as a profession. And therefore, the Organisation is particularly pleased to be able to offer Story-Based Inquiry in both Spanish and Portuguese. According to the author Mark Lee Hunter “there is a lot of important investigative work done in Spanish and Portuguese in countries such as Brazil, Mexico and other countries in Latin America, and also Europe, Africa and in particular Mozambique.”

The publication focuses on the hypothesis-based inquiry approach. The methods and skills applying to every step of the investigative process, from conception to research, writing, quality control and dissemination, have been thoroughly analysed and are well illustrated by case studies in each chapter.

We invite you to download a free copy of the manual now available in Spanish Portuguese and watch this short video of Mark Lee Hunter talking about the release of Story-Based Inquiry in Spanish and Portuguese.


Use the link below to download the publication to your computer/e-book reader/mobile device:

Happy reading and enjoy the video!

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