Towards A Scientific Methodology for Arab Investigative Journalism: An in-depth Analysis of Interviews with Ten Arab Journalists

Khalil Almabrouk, Hamedi Adnan, Nor Zaliza Sarmiti


This study aimed to build an applied model on the methodology of investigative journalism in the Arab world. To achieve this goal, this study followed the methodology of in-depth analysis of interviews via e-mail with ten Arab journalists interested in investigative journalism, whether those who practiced investigative reporting or received training in this field. This study is significant because it draws the attention of researchers and academics to the need for adopting a scientific methodology for investigative journalism. In addition, it could be turned into a part of a broader research track to develop Arab investigative journalism methodology. Based on the analysis of the interviewees’ answers, these steps can be listed as follows: Finding an original idea, writing the hypothesis, preparing a solid systematic action plan to prove the hypothesis of the investigation, conducting field work, producing the investigative report whether written or televised, and finally publishing the report.

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