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A new model for high-impact investigative reporting

In this report, Fergus Pitt and Lindsay Green-Barber explore the impact of the “Evicted and Abandoned” project, an investigation into the World Bank that was spearheaded by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The project involved more than 50 reporters from 15 different organizations. Among other findings, they note that “collaborations, however complicated, result in increased capacity, larger audiences, and greater potential for impact,” and that a “rolling thunder approach whereby reporters stick with the story long after the initial publication keeps the spotlight on the issues.”

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