In class, we have been learning more about investigative reporting and reading articles that demonstrate it as well. Just from reading the Sun Herald’s coverage of Sheriff Byrd’s indictment, I have learned a lot about how to dive into investigative journalism.
I think the main takeaway I got while reading this story and the sidebars on it is that details are very important. Even if I didn’t start with the main story, if I had just read the background stories, I would still have a basic knowledge of the situation. I also know more now about how to find details; some things are public knowledge, so they might be easy to find in public records, and of course there are the sources of the story. Quotes can definitely play a role in the telling of the story, and can give readers more perspective on what is going on.
The reporters of this story obviously asked questions, which is something that every investigative reporter has to do in cases like this. If something doesn’t sound right, there is always a way to check on it and make sure the facts are straight. Double check everything.
The way that the Sun Herald handled this investigative reporting with the sheriff is very impressive. It seems that no detail was left out; every indictment, the reactions from citizens… the Sun Herald was there every step of the way, gathering information and putting it together. It’s so complex, but it’s done in a way that makes it easy for readers to get all the information they need.