Data journalism seems to be having its moment. Though journalists have been using computers, databases and coding to tell stories for decades, the approach is taking off in this era of Big Data and anemic newsroom budgets.
Cross-border crime and corruption have ballooned in recent years, in tandem with globalization. According to United Nations estimates they now generate around $870 billion in profits a year for criminal organizations. These illicit networks are ripe for investigative coverage, and yet, investigative journalists often struggle to cover them.
One perk grad students sometimes miss is free access to a vast number of premium online databases. These often include the same resources that financial professionals pay thousands of dollars a month to use, and learning your way around them can add an extra level of precision and depth to your reporting.
Bankruptcy may not be the beat you’ve always dreamed about, but if you approach it the right way, it can yield gripping stories and put you on the map. It can allow you to speak truth to power and give victims a voice
Technology is everywhere, and people in the industry are really jazzed about what they do. But you still need to keep your BS detector working.