International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) practices watchdog journalism across borders. In addition to being a source of model stories investigating looting of the seas, conflict minerals, tobacco, and war profiteering, the website offers resources for high school journalism students.
Resources fall under six headings: computer-assisted reporting, freedom of information, reporting, secrets of the masters, social media and tools. Of special interest to journalism students are:
- How To Use Simple Excel Functions for Data Analysis is a series of video tutorials that demonstrate how four basic Excel functions can assist with data analysis.
- Secrets of the Masters features interviews with investigative reporters in which they discuss what motivates them, highlight their big stories, and reveal what guiding principles they’ve acquired during their careers.
- How To Verify Information and Debunk Myths Using Online Tools reveals how you can use the Internet to debunk the Internet.
- Social Media and Investigative Journalism is a chapter by Syed Nazakat from The Social Media (R)evolution: Asian Perspectives on New Media, which outlines ways investigative reporters harness social media around the globe. The entire book can be downloaded as a PDF.
The ICIJ is affiliated with the Center for Public Integrity, a wonderful source of models of investigative journalism.