Investigative reporting

Technology, tradition, and a golden age of muckraking
Sheila Coronel · October 21, 2014

Are we living in a Golden Age of investigative journalism? The answer depends on who you ask, and where they’ve come from.

Journalists hit back with anti-spying legal challenge
Will Fitzgibbon and Hamish Boland-Rudder · September 15, 2014

A journalism organization is alleging that the UK government’s surveillance program is in breach of international law.

People power: Lone wolves turn to citizen masses for data help
Cecile S. Gallego · September 11, 2014

The old guard of lone wolf investigative reporters have found a new and increasingly necessary ally in their battle to wrangle big data.

Bird’s eye view: How satellite imagery is making the news
Sheila Coronel · September 2, 2014

Three very different stories show how satellite images, until recently confined to the weather report, are now the stuff of front-page news.

How to investigate Russia’s shady business world online
Arachnys Research Blog · August 5, 2014

Russia can be a difficult place to operate, made tougher by increasing sanctions. But how open is its corporate data?

‘I’m not a spy:’ Reporters reveal surveillance fears
Hamish Boland-Rudder · July 28, 2014

U.S. government surveillance is scaring sources and making journalists feel like criminals and spies, a new report says.

‘Try and find Narnia in the wardrobe’: inside the work of a research specialist
Paul Myers and Margot Williams · June 3, 2014

ICIJ member and veteran internet researcher shares his experience and some practical tips for using the world wide web to investigate and dig a whole lot deeper.

House passes Freedom Act, but no protection for foreign sources
Sasha Chavkin · May 23, 2014

The Freedom Act doesn’t change the fact that Constitutional protections that are taken for granted by many U.S. journalists – and their sources – stop at the border.

Beginner’s guide to improving online security
Margot Williams · March 5, 2014

Amid growing revelations of hacking and internet surveillance, improving online security is necessary for journalists and others who work with sensitive information. Here are our tips for how to get started.