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Investigative Reporting in Canada

Case Studies

Dr. Maxine Ruvinsky

Through a series of interviews with top Canadian investigative journalists, Investigative Reporting in Canada engages students as they evaluate key investigative reporting techniques and challenges, while at the same time inspiring them to employ these techniques in their own work. Each chapter focuses on an award-winning article or series, and includes a discussion of what prompted the journalist to cover the story, how they conducted their investigation, what obstacles were encountered, what techniques were employed, and what lessons were learned. This is an essential text for any college or university course on investigative reporting.

Readership : This is a core text for college and university courses on Investigative Reporting. It may also be used as a supplementary text for courses on Research Methods for Reporters.

Part One: Tracking the Truth: The Literature of Exposure
1. The Case of the Disappearing Women (Vancouver Sun, 2001)
2. Reinventing our Wheels (Ottawa Citizen/Vancouver Sun, 2001)
3. Death Wish: Humans and the Planet (Globe and Mail, 2001)
4. Asbestos, Again (Toronto Star, 2003)
5. Criminalizing Dissent (Ottawa Citizen and Southam News, 2001)
6. Dialling for Dollars (Toronto Star, 2002)
7. Tarnishing the Ivory Tower (Globe and Mail, 2001)
8. Blind Faith (Hamilton Spectator, 2005)
Part Two: Documenting the Truth: Computer Assisted Reporting
9. Nowhere to Go (Toronto Star, 2001)
10. Nobody's Children (Toronto Star, 2001)
11. Recipe for Disaster (Hamilton Spectator, 2001)
12. Drive Clean: Smokescreen (Hamilton Spectator, 2004)
13. Singled Out: Racial Profiling (Toronto Star, 2002)
Part Three: Talking Investigative Journalism
14. Conversations with Canadian journalists Julian Sher, Cecil Rosner, Elaine Dewar, David McKie
15. Conclusions
Appendix A: Story Citations
Appendix B: Recommended Readings

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Maxine Ruvinsky is a former journalist and professor of journalism. She is the author of two other Oxford University Press textbooks: Practical Grammar, 3e, 2014; and Reporting for the Media, Canadian Edition, 2011

Reporting for the Media - John R. Bender, Lucinda D. Davenport, Michael W. Drager, Fred Fedler, Maxine Ruvinsky and Charles Hays
Digging Deeper - Robert Cribb, Dean Jobb, David McKie and Fred Vallance-Jones
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Special Features

  • Award-winning journalism - The selected case studies represent the best examples of recent Canadian investigative journalism. The material is timely, thorough, and allows the student insight into the necessary processes of quality reporting.
  • Canadian content - The author explores how investigative journalism is practiced within a Canadian context, enhancing the students' knowledge, comprehension, and exercise of journalistic practices in Canada today.
  • Real-life case studies - Engages students while emphasizing the principles of investigative reporting and the reality of the challenges that reporters both encountered and overcame to 'get the story'.
  • Anecdote-rich interviews - Numerous interviews with well-known Canadian journalists will educate students about the field and inspire students to incorporate key investigative reporting techniques into their own work.
  • Computer Aided Reporting (CAR) - Examples of CAR allow students to evaluate the various techniques and technologies-both traditional and new-that can be used to strengthen, preserve, and encourage Canadian investigative reporting.