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December 6, 2022

Launch event of "Story-Based Inquiry: a Manual for Investigative Journalists"

Guest speaker at the launch event of the publication “Story-Based Inquiry: a Manual for Investigative Journalists” was Luuk Sengers, one of the authors.

Center for Investigative Journalism SCOOP-Macedonia, with approval from UNESCO, has published this manual, which, Aleksandar Bozhinovski said, is for all journalists and those who want to investigate.

“It will be literature of our Center for all who will work or volunteer as young journalists”, said Bozhinovski from SCOOP.

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At the launch event, held for journalism students at the Faculty of Law in Skopje, there were also representatives of the supporter – the U.S. Embassy.

“I am happy to be here at St. Nicholas. We celebrate the publication in Macedonian and Albanian language thanks to the hard work of SCOOP. We support their hard work which resulted in publication of this manual for investigative journalism. The publication in Albanian and Macedonian language is the first step, and the second is you to have it in your hands and apply it”, said Valerie Colby, U.S. Embassy.

Professor Jasna Bachevska assessed the manual as very important. “Simple and important and we will use it as additional literature not just for the subject Investigative Journalism but in the entire studies”, said Bachevska.

The author Luuk Sengers from the Netherlands first asked the students: Why are we here? Have you finished your exams? Are they boring?

“Story-Based Inquiry: a Manual for Investigative Journalists” is very important, it can be read at home and it will guide you step by step through good journalistic investigation and will help you become a good reporter”, said Sengers.

Before the audience – young future journalists he said it was clear to him how emotional they felt because several years ago he had been in the same position.

“You might be afraid to start an investigation. This book will give you practical techniques and information, starting from the plan for beginning the research to the final product. So take it home and read it”, said Sengers.

“The first rule before the investigation to start is one sentence which explains why you start an investigation, it is often only a few words”, said Sengers, through the example of drinking water that contains chemicals due to plastic pipes and students through the process of journalistic investigation.

According to Sengers, journalists’ main job is to constantly ask questions, as an American journalist from an American media used to say: if your mom tells you she loves you, check it.

The stages through which every journalist should see the investigation is to provide answers to several key questions: Who will I investigate, not what? Where is the conflict? How to be unique? Where to acquire facts?

“But we still do not know all the facts, so get the phone, talk to journalists – use your fantasy. On a blank sheet of paper write – I think. Charles Darwin did not know how far he would get when he started to take notes for the first time”, said Luuk Sengers, author of the manual “Story-Based Inquiry: a Manual for Investigative Journalists”.

After setting the hypothesis and the preparation of the script, we move to timeline or chronological schedule of priorities, this is only part of the useful tips that can be found in the manual.

From today this manual for investigative journalists is available to all students and it can be provided in the libraries of the Faculty of Law in Skopje, both in Macedonian and Albanian, as well as at the Shtip University “Goce Delchev”.