Investigative journalism in regional communities
Where do you find stories to investigate and how do you get started? Walkley-winning investigative journalist Donna Page outlines some of the data, documents and records available to sift through, and how to work efficiently with your newsroom’s resources. When you live in the community you’re investigating, you have skin in the game and so do your sources. What are the ethical considerations and what security and safety measures might you need to consider? The Masterclass also features a case study from the Northern Daily Leader‘s Andrew Messenger, who discusses his stories which went on to win the Walkley Award for Coverage of Community and Regional Affairs.
Presenter: Donna Page, Walkley-winning investigative reporter, Newcastle Herald
Donna Page is an investigative reporter for The Newcastle Herald, where she previously worked as Chief-of-Staff and Day Editor. She ran a mentoring program at The Newcastle Herald for several years and regularly works on investigations with other staff as part of the paper’s training program. Page has worked for The South China Morning Post and Portuguese news agency Lusa, covering news and business. She also spent several years as an investigative reporter for a Chinese/English current affairs magazine Macau Closer. Passionate about regional journalism, Page won Walkley Awards for Coverage of Community and Regional Affairs in 2016, 2019 and 2020 and was a finalist in 2013. She was also part of a Newcastle Herald team that won a United Nations Association of Australia award for environment reporting in 2015.