Journalism / Skills

Investigative journalism

Investigative journalism often calls for technical skill, resourcefulness and bravery. Reporters working on original stories must ensure the sources are genuine and the truth is being told. They need to understand every layer of the story and back up the findings of their investigation. In this section some of the BBC’s most experienced investigative reporters explain how they find and tell their stories.

Online security: Protecting private data

What journalists need to know to secure their data, contacts and protect themselves from hackers - from BBC internet research specialist Paul Myers

Freedom of Information (FOI) requests

What are the secrets journalists need to know to make effective use of the Freedom of Information Act? FOI specialist Martin Rosenbaum offers tips on the processes involved

Reporting conflict: Paul Wood in Syria

Paul Wood won Journalist of the Year at the Foreign Press Association Media Awards for his team’s brave coverage of the bombardment of Homs

Investigative reporting techniques: Paul Kenyon

Programmes that expose injustice and wrongdoing - especially using undercover filming - demand extremely high standards from the team

Local reporting: Original journalism at Radio York

Finding original stories requires hard work, ambition and a natural curiosity - all skills attributed to the award-winning BBC Radio York team

Working off-diary: Andrew Hosken

Radio 4 reporter Andrew Hosken uses the story of an NHS whistle-blower to explain how covering complex issues requires specific skills

Searching for company data: Advanced techniques

BBC research specialist Paul Myers offers advice on the best search tools and tactics to find company information online

Searching for people online: Advanced techniques

Internet research specialist Paul Myers offers advanced tactical tips for how and where to search for people and case studies online

Original journalism

Long-form investigative programmes for radio require specific reporting and production skills to ensure the audio comes to life