Investigative Journalism, edited by Stephen Tanner is a timely addition to journalism education in Australia. This new title aims to provide both a practical and theoretical framework for investigative journalism. The text argues that the broad skills and orientation required for investigative journalism (investigation and research) should form the foundation of credible journalism whether it is classified as "investigative journalism" or news reporting and gathering. These skills of investigation and research are transferable across all media. To demonstrate this the editor has carefully chosen contributions from practitioners and academics that specialise in print media, television and radio.
The text is unashamedly a 'how to' book. To achieve that goal, it has drawn on many of Australia's best-known journalism educators and journalists, as well as specialists in other areas. Among the journalists there is a selection of Walkley award winners, journalists who have been recognised by their peers for their outstanding journalism skills.
Stephen Tanner is a senior lecturer in journalism at Murdoch University in Western Australia. He has previously taught journalism at the University of Queensland, and politics at the University of Tasmania. Before becoming an academic, he worked as a journalist, press secretary to a state premier, adviser to a federal senator, and operated his own consultancy. His PhD looked at media treatment of political corruption, a theme he has continued to explore, both nationally and internationally. He has had a number of articles and chapters published in Australian and international books and journals.