cmc250 | undergraduate
Information Sources: Where It's At
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Launching an Investigation
- Discuss ways to overcome the challenges of finding good sources.
- Generate ideas for an area of ongoing investigative research.
- Describe methods for finding subjects for investigative research.
The Ethics of Investigative Journalism
- Discuss the ethical challenges of investigative work.
- Identify inconsistencies and information gaps in an investigative report.
- Assess investigative reporting according to ethical standards.
Preliminary Research: Techniques, Tools, and Sources
- Select an individual, institution, or issue to research.
- Locate primary, secondary, and people sources.
- Use research techniques and computer-assisted tools.
- Construct an organization system to manage information.
- Critique a published article about an investigation of government.
- Discuss challenges involved with investigating government.
- Outline resources available for investigating government.
For-Profit and Nonprofit Investigating
- Outline resources available for for-profit or nonprofit investigations.
- Critique a published article about a for-profit and nonprofit investigation.
Investigating Health Care, the Disadvantaged, and the Environment
- Defend an issue that is worthy of further investigation.
- Critique a published article about an investigation involving health care, the disadvantaged, and the environment.
- Outline resources available for investigating health care, the disadvantaged, and the environment.
Evaluating the Research
- Analyze research gathered from sources for relevance to the investigation.
- Examine relationships within the data and research acquired during an investigation.
- Document an interpretation of the research.
Writing Compelling Projects
- Apply investigative writing techniques.
- Assess the effectiveness of an investigative report.
Reporting the Results
- Discuss the importance of investigative work in a communications (or other) career.
- Communicate findings arising from an investigation.
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