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Journalism is a vital part of a free, democratic society. And of the different types of journalism, perhaps none is more important than investigative reporting. Investigative journalism shines a light into the world’s darkest corners. The biggest investigative stories stir public debate, inform politics, and shape history.

What Is Investigative Journalism?

When most people think of journalism, they think of day-to-day news reporting. However, investigative journalism happens on a much larger scale. It often takes multiple investigative reporters and editors months or even years to produce a story. What distinguishes investigative journalism is its intense focus on a single topic, such as political corruption or corporate crime.