College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Journalism Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Journalism



Primary Advisor

Dan Eller


This study demonstrates the importance of investigative journalism and the current challenges it is facing. This study looks at the history of investigative journalism, the characteristics that define investigative journalism, the effects investigative journalism has had on the public, the current challenges investigative journalism is facing and ways to resolve those challenges. It analyzes what the literature states on this subject and takes a closer look at what three journalism professionals have to say on the matter.

Investigative journalism has had a long and rich history in the United States, but has been negatively affected over the years by downsizing at news organizations and the overall time and cost it takes to produce investigative pieces. This study not only explores the current challenges facing investigative journalism, but it also provides insight into how to successfully overcome those challenges.