9 watchdog reporters and lessons learned from their mistakes


If there is one type of lesson that journalists never forget, it is the kind that follows a strategic reporting mistake that stalls an otherwise promising investigation.

GIJN asked a diverse group of nine investigative reporters to share one memorable misstep they’ve made in an investigative project, and the key lesson they learned.

What is striking about their responses is that most of these errors involved dealing with uncooperative human sources — and most of the takeaways emphasize the value of extra preparation before interacting with them.

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