Investigative and Data Journalism – Day One

This Investigative and Data Journalism – Day One lesson plan also includes:

A free press, free to investigate and report on responsibly, compelling stories, is essential to a democracy. A 10-slide presentation details where to get ideas, how to go about an investigation, gather data, and assure the accuracy of information gathered. Using an Investigative Reporting Planner, class members then work independently to research and write an investigative article about a topic they find intriguing.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate and report to the whole class what they learned about the work of Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, David Halberstam, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein
  • Brainstorm with the class possible topics for their investigative articles
Classroom Considerations
  • The first lesson of two in an investigative journalism unit
  • Includes a link to both free and restricted academic research resources and databases
  • None