How they did it:
Investigative reporting tips from
the 2020 Goldsmith Prize finalists

Annually, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy awards the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting to a stellar investigative report that has had a direct impact on government, politics and policy at the national, state or local levels. Six reporting teams were chosen as finalists for the 2020 prize, which carries a $10,000 award for finalists and $25,000 for the winner. This year, Journalist’s Resource continues its series of interviews with the finalists, in the interest of giving a behind-the-scenes explanation of the process, tools, and legwork it takes to create an important piece of investigative journalism.

How they did it: News collaboration exposes how special interests use ‘model’ legislation
Three investigative journalists offer tips on how reporters should approach newsroom collaborations and how these partnerships can be more effective.
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How he did it: A reporter reveals more than 70 Alaskan communities have no local police
Kyle Hopkins revealed a dearth of police in the state with the highest rate of sexual violence.
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How they did it: Reporters investigate carbon monoxide deaths, regulations in HUD housing
Suzy Khimm and Laura Strickler discovered carbon monoxide detectors were not required in homes receiving federal rental subsidies from HUD.
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How he did it: Reporter discovers pattern of Saudi students fleeing US amid charges
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh uncovered dozens of cases of Saudi Arabians fleeing the U.S. after being charged with serious crimes.
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How he did it: A journalist uncovers the Afghanistan Papers
Craig Whitlock uncovered a previously secret trove of candid interviews with top military and government officials from the Afghanistan War.
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Lorraine Bonner, a retired doctor and sculptor from Oakland, Calif., says she spent a year recovering after surgical staples were used to seal her colon. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)
How she did it: Reporter finds millions of hidden reports of medical device injuries
Christina Jewett revealed a hidden FDA database that concealed millions of medical device malfunction and injury reports from public view.
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