Investigative journalism is a systematic in-depth and original reporting. It’s essential components are

  • Forming a hypothesis and testing it by fact-finding, fact-checking and fact analysis
  • Using public data and public records
  • Exposing secret or hidden information
  • Focus on social justice and accountability

*Investigative journalism can often be confused with leak journalism, which is a one-off leak of confidential information or a document. A leak can become a start of investigative reporting.


Look up the key words from the picture above whistleblower, leakage, corporate crime, surveillance, etc

Study the case of The Panama Papers at

Write a report / report in class on the following:

  • How the investigation started;
  • Who participated in the investigation
  • What it exposed
  • Its impact to date