(at the time director of InvestigativeReporters and Editors), created an extraordinary forum for theexchange of best practices. In particular, it emerged thathypothesis-based inquiry was being explored in several coun-tries simultaneously and independently – an unmistakablesign of a major development. This manual has benefited directly from the Network, not least because that’s where we found our contributors. The principalco-author of this manual,
of Sweden, has taughtin the Network since its beginning. His name appears first onchapters where he took the lead in drafting.
(from Holland) discovered that hypothesis-based inquiry could be applied to project management.
(a Dane)developed simple and robust computer tools for organisinginvestigations.
(an American expatriate in theBalkans) codified reporting practices on organised crime thatcan be applied to many other situations. Most important,perhaps, positive feedback and criticism from participants inthe Network’s bi-annual congresses confirmed that there wasa need and a desire for the material in this manual. The process of collective development was powerfully reinforced by the creation of the Centre for Investigative Journalism of London and its annual Summer School. Over several years,founder
and his team allowed us to explore new ways to teach the process of finding and composing stories.Finally, ARIJ’s seminars in Arabia provided the opportunity totest the presentation of the ideas in this book as it was beingcomposed, in a trans-cultural context. This process, like ARIJitself, was funded by International Media Support and theDanish Parliament.Investigative journalism is a profession, and a skill set.It is alsoa family. I grew up in that family, and have watched it grow. This manual is your door into the family. Please become amember we can honor and admire, for your professionalism,ethics and engagement.Mark Lee Hunter
Editor and principal authorParis – Aarhüs – Amman – London – Lillehammer