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Malia Politzer
Editor of International Investigative Journalist
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Sunday, 18 November 2018

The Tip Off: A Podcast That Tells The Story Behind Investigative Reporting

This is an amazing resource for anyone who is interested in investigative reporting—and even for investigative reporters themselves. Each episode delves deeply into how an investigative reporter got a story. In a highly engaging, narrative way, the podcast tells the "story behind the story"—how they got the idea, the document trail, human sources, and characters. 

For example, Episode 23, Many Miles From Home, follows journalist Cam Simpson, as he explores how a group of Nepalis ended up executed by extremists in the Iraqi desert. His curiosity about a casual story led him to find a sizeable trafficking operation out of Nepal, involving major American company Hal Burton. 

But what's truly exciting about this podcast is that it doesn't just tell the investigative story—but explains in meticulous detail each step of the reporting. Each episode is essentially an autopsy of an investigative story, showing every step of the reporter's journey, the challenges, and how they overcame them.

This podcast series is an invaluable resource for any investigative journalist, and a fascinating peek behind the curtain for anyone who enjoys a well reported, well told story.

The Tip Off: A Podcast That Tells The Story Behind Investigative Reporting
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