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Investigative journalism in a socially networked world

Pacific Journalism Review
Volume 20 Issue 1 (May 2014)

Abstract: This article explores how investigative journalists can join the network society by moving online, collaborating with other reporters and media outlets across regions and across national borders, yet publishing in newspapers which arguably remain the central stage of the public sphere (Carson, 2013). A better understanding of the potential of social media and web-based communications for undertaking journalistic investigations can lead to the adoption of a global perspective, enriching local, regional and national stories (Berglez, 2013). The research and collaboration for a transnational story published simultaneously in 'The Australian' and 'The Times' in London in 2013 may provide insights into the potential for the use of social media platforms and web-based communications for finding stories, collaborating and following stories into the social media to find leads to follow-up stories. This article questions whether the synergies between mainstream media and social media platforms may yield potentially high impact stories for major masthead newspapers and thus contribute to their sustainability. Connectivity with news sources has always been an important resource for journalists. Online networks may have the potential to expand the range of voices that can be heard and the issues that can be covered.

To cite this article: Gearing, Amanda. Investigative journalism in a socially networked world [online]. Pacific Journalism Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, May 2014: 61-75. Availability: <;dn=298994473414943;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1023-9499. [cited 28 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Gearing, Amanda; Source: Pacific Journalism Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, May 2014: 61-75 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1023-9499 Subject: Social media; Online social networks; Journalism--Technological innovations; Investigative reporting; Child sexual abuse; Child sexual abuse--Social aspects; Peer Reviewed: Yes

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection