Spotlight: Journalists assess investigative reporting and its status in society

Gerry Lanosga, Brant Houston

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Against a backdrop of pessimism about the future of investigative reporting, this study reports major findings of a survey of mainly US-based investigative journalists (N = 861). Although respondents reflect some of the current negative discourse, they also report high perceptions of autonomy and job satisfaction and say resources for investigative reporting are maintaining and even increasing. The survey provides empirical indication of the migration of investigative journalists to nonprofit newsrooms, with nonprofit journalists offering especially positive appraisals of the state of their craft. Also explored are investigative journalists’ professional role conceptions as well as perceptions of the nature of their relationship with the public and public policymakers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1101-1120
Number of pages20
JournalJournalism Practice
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 21 2017


  • agenda setting
  • investigative journalism
  • journalistic roles
  • nonprofit news
  • social responsibility
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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