New publication: The Emerging Investigative Journalism Movement in Japan and Asia

2020.09.28 19:35 Tansa

Tansa has released a new publication, a online book titled “The Emerging Investigative Journalism Movement in Japan and Asia” (Tatsuro Hanada and Makoto Watanabe, eds.). You can download the book for free in two formats: web view and for print.

“The Emerging Investigative Journalism Movement” was originally published in Japanese in 2018 following an international symposium hosted by the Waseda University Institute for Journalism and the Committee to Protect Journalists the previous year. Titled “New Models to Sustain Investigative Journalism in Asia,” the symposium brought together investigative journalists from across the region, including members of Rappler (Philippines), the Korean Center for Investigative Journalism Newstapa (South Korea), and The Reporter (Taiwan).

The first half of this publication sets the stage by introducing a number of key investigative journalism initiatives in Asia and exploring the various factors that triggered their emergence. It also situates Tansa as part of this regional and global movement. After all, although Tansa was established to address a perceived need in the Japanese journalism landscape, we have always drawn inspiration from our overseas compatriots.

Part two of the book covers the content of the 2017 symposium, including remarks by speakers, transcripts of the panel discussions, and reflections following the event’s close. The first panel discussion brought together Japanese veteran investigative journalists, who shared their professional experiences and insights. In the second panel discussion, leading journalists from Asian newsrooms discussed topics such as building relationships with overseas partners and maintaining safety while reporting on difficult issues.

We hope this publication will serve as a valuable resource for both practitioners and scholars of investigative journalism in Asia.

“The Emerging Investigative Journalism Movement” was edited by Waseda University Professor Emeritus and Tansa advisory board member Tatsuro Hanada and Tansa Editor-in-Chief Makoto Watanabe. We would like to express our appreciation to all the contributors, the full list of whom can be found at the end of the book, as well as to Act Beyond Trust and the Waseda University Institute for Journalism for making this publication possible.

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