Alexandra Zayas navigates complicated, potentially contentious stories every day as a senior editor at ProPublica. She edited part of a series about MS-13 that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and has overseen high-impact work on immigration, international aid and social services. She spent 12 years at the Tampa Bay Times, ultimately serving as the newspaper’s enterprise editor. As a reporter, her investigation into abuse at unlicensed religious children’s homes across Florida won the 2013 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
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Will Work For Impact: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism (Summer 2020)
August 4, 2020 @ 12:00 am - September 1, 2020 @ 12:00 am$399
This online group seminar will help you build an investigation, from the seed of an idea to a powerful execution.
Investigative reporting can seem daunting. By definition, it involves uncovering a problem someone would prefer to keep secret. It requires critical thinking, persistence, courage and optimism. It can be lonely work.
The good news is, there’s a roadmap you can follow. Over the course of four weeks, award-winning investigative journalist Alexandra Zayas will break down the process to help you think about what kinds of stories to choose, how to build a bulletproof case and how to maximize the chance your work will create change.
Week 1: Choosing the right story, and the right frame, by answering an essential question: What’s the harm?
Week 2: Sniffing the ground and eating the stuff. Creative approaches to reporting beyond public records.
Week 3: Putting it all together. Using your findings to build a spine, and the narrative gems in your notebook to give your story heart.
Week 4: Planning for impact. Strategies to help your investigation make a difference.