Behind the Scenes of Investigative Journalism


I am sure by now you may know about the big story connecting NY Governor Eliot Spitzer to a prostitution ring. The story was first reported by the NYTIMES. It displays investigative journalsism at its best. I just read an article detailing how they further investigated a small tip and from there how it grew into such a big story. Another interesting aspect is how the writers had to keep it a secret from the others in the newsroom to ensure it would not get out before they had the full piece. It’s just amazing. If you’re interested expand the post for a snippet and for the link to the article.

At 2 p.m. on March 10, The New York Times published a story on its Web site reporting that Governor Eliot Spitzer had been named in connection with a federal investigation into a prostitution ring.

Even on the Metro desk, many reporters arrived Monday morning with no idea that the story of the year was breaking in cubicles all around them.

“Everything seemed normal,” said one staffer who would, hours later, be assigned to the story.

By 11 a.m. Mr. Sexton knew for sure that he was sitting on top of the biggest break in his tenure as editor of the section, but he’d left the third-floor newsroom to conduct a previously scheduled annual State of Metro meeting up in the executive offices, in a 15th-floor room with views across the Hudson, with his team, acting for all as if nothing were happening


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