‘Know Who You’re Working For and Why You’re Working’

Carlos Eduardo Huertas, investigations editor at Colombia’s Semana magazine, talks about the traits of a good investigative journalist, and why it is essential to stick on a story.

What do you consider some of the most important lessons you have learned over the years?

“You should know who you’re working for and why you’re working. Problems arise when it’s not values such as those of democracy that move you, or if you are doubtful about the fact that citizens are the reason why we do what we do.”

What is the biggest threat to investigative reporting?

There are many, but I would like to highlight how ephemeral agendas are as a result of the immediacy of this age. We need to follow important themes, bear with them and do not drop them. Change only happens this way.

Huertas also stresses the importance of a clear investigative methodology and the use of digital tools to tackle large amounts of data. Read the full interview in ICIJ’s “Secrets from the Masters“.

 

IMPACT

After Pandora Papers, Met officials contacted U.S. attorneys about relics Cambodia says were stolen

Oct 25, 2021
IMPACT

Another president under investigation, US condemned as tax haven by European Parliament as Pandora Papers fallout continues

Oct 22, 2021
IMPACT

The Denver Art Museum to return four artifacts to Cambodia after Pandora Papers investigation coverage of indicted art dealer

Oct 17, 2021
Baker McKenzie
IMPACT

Pandora Papers investigation prompts new scrutiny of law firms’ role in offshore abuses

Oct 13, 2021
IMPACT

Political and business links to Pandora Papers roil parliaments, anti-corruption and tax authorities as global fallout swells

Oct 12, 2021
IMPACT

Czech prime minister’s party narrowly loses re-election days after Pandora Papers revelations in surprise outcome

Oct 09, 2021
ICIJ is dedicated to ensuring all reports we publish are accurate. If you believe you have found an inaccuracy let us know.