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Investigative journalists in Africa often operate in environments which seem by default designed to shut them down. Repressive media laws, lack of resources and a widespread culture of secrecy are but a few of the challenges facing journalists questioning the conduct of those in power.

With these Investigative Journalism Manuals, the necessary skills and tools are made available to investigative journalists currently practicing their craft, and to the many that will hopefully follow their trailblazing path. Crucially, its content has been produced by African journalists, and the case studies used reflect the continent’s reality. The IJM is work in progress. Additional specialized sections are in the pipeline.

The Investigative Journalism Manual is hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

The IJM is only available online here.

The first eight chapters cover following topics:

Chapter 1: About Investigative reporting Chapter 2: Generating story ideas
What is investigative journalism How do I find topics worth investigating?
and why is it worth doing?

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Chapter 3: Planning the investigation
Chapter 4: Sources and spindoctors
How do I set about doing an investigation? How do I deal with people who offer me tip-offs?

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Chapter 5: Forensic interviewing Chapter 6: Basic research tools
How do I get my questions answered properly? How do I find and make sense of hard data?

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Chapter 7: Telling the story Chapter 8: Ethics and general legal principles
How do I present my findings to my audience? What values should I stick to as an investigative reporter?

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