Learning Investigative Reporting in Newspaper Journalism – Yoav Gonen

Learning Investigative Reporting in Newspaper Journalism – Yoav Gonen


Erik Michielsen: What are the challenges that
come with learning to do better investigative reporting? Yoav Gonen: I mean, the biggest challenge
for me, obviously, is time. We have to put out a paper every day, so investigation
takes some time, and basically the daily stories come first and investigative stuff comes second,
but the real key is to be able to go around obstacles, go around roadblocks. Sometimes you have to think very creatively
to get information, you know, if I wanna get something from the State Education Department
that’s proved difficult sometimes. At that point, it’s very easy to get frustrated
and kind of just kind of try to compel them to give you the information, and – but it’s
like banging your head on the wall, instead a lot of times the key in there with investigation
is if you hit a roadblock, don’t try to like ram over it but try to go around it, so – and
as many times as I’ve done investigations, for some reason, that’s something that you
forget sometimes because you get so frustrated that someone has something you want and for
whatever reason, they’re not willing to give it to you, but there are always two or three
or more ways to get this same piece of information, maybe not always but usually.

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