Investigators v. Journalists
by Brian McGuinness 7-12-2010

I have arranged for journalists to give presentations in the past for the south Florida regional meetings of FALI – Florida Association of Licensed Investigators. I was able to have former Miami Herald journalist and author, Jeff Leen give a presentation on one occasion. Jeff left the Miami Herald and moved on to bigger and better things. He has been the chief of investigations at the Washington Post for several years.

I thought I had an interesting job but Jeff likely has one of the most interesting in the entire country! As I told him, there are many similar aspects between being an investigative journalist and that of a private investigator. The research, the following of leads, interviews and hours are all similar. He agreed and saw similarities. I often summarize an investigation in a report which, however, will likely only be read by a few people.

The investigative journalist is writing an article which will be read by hundreds of thousands and in the online world now, possibly millions. Talk about pressure to get your facts straight! I’ll discuss this further in future posts.


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