Teaching journalists to investigate is all very well. What we really need are more news organizations willing to print the truth, and innovative ways of using what we already know. Peter Hulm gives his thoughts on the 6th Global Investigative Journalism Conference that took place in Geneva on 22-25 April 2010.
Investigative Journalism: isn't that what all reporters do? It sounds like a marketing label for a story that wouldn't sell as well under another name: Reporting without Sources, Not Quite a Scoop Journalism (most IJ is reporting an abuse someone else uncovered), News that isn't New (it generally covers issues that go back a while before your piece reaches publication).*
So what exactly should you expect from a Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) on 22-25 April in Geneva, home of a particularly sycophantic kind of reporting in a country whose newspapers largely keep to the political line of the parties that support them?