Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism - Masterclass

Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism - Masterclass

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1. Introduction
Meet your new instructor: Bob Woodward. In this chapter, Bob underscores the vital role of journalism today. He also shares his belief that there are no boundaries to searching for what he calls "the best obtainable version of the truth."

2. Guiding Principles
Bob's guiding principles push you to get outside your comfort zone, carve your own path, and leave opinion and political slant out of your reporting.

3. Finding the Story
Bob explains what makes a compelling news story. He urges you to be open to changing course if a better story materializes.

4. Students Dig Into Woodward's Interview With Trump
Bob and a group of students from his Yale journalism seminar take a deep dive into his interview with then–presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

5. How to Approach In-Depth Reporting
In-depth reporting requires you to be persistent, focused, and proactive. Bob discusses the value of giving your case the time it deserves and getting out in the field to verify what you've learned from your research.

6. The Reporting Challenges of Watergate
Watergate was a pivotal moment in Bob's career. In this chapter, he shares the lessons he learned from reporting on this groundbreaking historical event.

7. Hunting Down the Documents
Bob teaches you the importance of documentation—both acquiring documents for your reporting, and documenting your own research. He offers multiple ways to find written evidence to build your story.

8. Finding Sources
Bob explains why sources decide to share information with journalists and teaches you how to assess who to talk to when investigating a story.

9. Developing Sources
From establishing ground rules to strategically sharing what you already know, Bob teaches what to keep in mind as you initiate contact with sources for a story.

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