Lessons, challenges and opportunities of big cross-border investigations, like the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, were topics covered in a workshop at the 18th Anti-Corruption International Conference in Copenhagen.
Several experts in the investigative journalism field discussed key ways of succeeding when working on big corruption cases.
We’ve put together five tips:
1. Follow up on the hunch
First thing you need to know, explained Hisham Allam, senior investigative journalist at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, is to distinguish early on whether or not a lead is worth pursuing and pouring resources into for a thorough investigation. In order to do that, it’s important to go further by connecting with people on the ground and hearing more about what they say. In other words: no one knows whether your story