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Emmanuel Tshiteta crouches over a pile of copper ore he recovered near a mine in Kolwezi. He sells the rocks to a Chinese company. photo credit: Jacob Kushner

Enlisting an Academic Gatekeeper to Unlock a Story

Sometimes there is a single expert who’s the ‘gatekeeper’ to a castle of information and contacts on a business or deal a reporter is investigating. What can a journalist do to gain the trust of such an expert– and what does the expert expect from the journalist in return?

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Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine. ©<a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattsh/5915164838/in/photolist-a1GLqE-arFzMJ-5jeim9-q1mzmj-br9R7y-jP8g6e-brNBAr-9SZSSv-nwMsHB-eXosS1-dPqCaj-bGZcZr-bmdLcK-a7RCo3-99gHvh-bkCkpn-5fdkfc-avVVF6-gaapSF-8gwG9n-8vg4eX-8TwYrZ-aBLVk1-jhj5Ek-oBMKoA-mEAjxv-a3U5bL-KvFDx-9nTBTR-dWrFB7-9UgBsm-9MD4R7-8spHzU-a61uj5-8HizkN-ooRj1e-p8YxNT-k5f3rc-9imnrB-9ADW9o-ovhiD5-8ekTcS-9k2NuN-9aGDbV-8dFmaj-8dqYBY-dB37K7-dQRaLX-kgYg4Y-dexowA
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Chasing Down Facts in Post-Soviet States

A lack of public accountability and reputation for bribe-taking among journalists makes getting good information and winning the trust of sources a difficult proposition in Ukraine and other former Soviet republics. Here are a few strategies for getting the goods.

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Bob Marley, in concert, July 6, 1980, Dalymount Park, Dublin. ©<a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/dubpics/5620543052/in/photolist-9yBNcD-9yBLxe-9yEKCG-FPuLr-4zwkYh-5ZcT2o-7ioYd-VdgJ-9yEzvq-9yBzST-9yEcwJ-9yB7W8-bp8bvi-5sHxCJ-9yE78L-9yBhWc-9yBjzT-9yEhq3-9yB3Gr-8tsdqE-9yEtuY-9yBp9i-9yB9KD-9yEecd-6DR5AQ-9yBFan-9yEn6S-9yBnET-7ioYv-ccHEzh-6hEWLk-9yECBQ-9yBeM4-pN4YXg-9yBtLV-9yEEmW-9yBwRX-9yBqEp-9yEHYo-5mvV1-9yBvjc-m9nq5-FPuL2-569S3M-dYTLTv-5mRvmo-eHqHDo-jNvMPS-a61gak-egGiw
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Week in Review: Keystone Blocked, Uber-Embarassment, Bob Marley’s Dope for Sale

Uber VP under fire for threats against journalist; Keystone pipeline blocked by Senate Democrats; oil prices plunge, producers have few options; the name of Bob Marley, who was staunchly anti-capitalist while he was alive, will be used to sell the dope he once loved to consumers.

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Plumbing the Soul of the Vatican’s Pleasure-Loving Prelate

How I got an exclusive interview with Monsignor Scarano, the former top accountant at the Vatican charged with money laundering, and sold the story to the New York Times.

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Week in Review: The Soul of the Internet; Amazon–Hachette Deal; Un-Free Music

Obama supports net neutrality; Amazon and Hachette finally strike a deal, and some say Hachette won this round; YouTube’s new paid subscription music service may mark the beginning of the end of free music.

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