David Fahrenthold video lecture

Investigative Journalism in the Open

taught by David Fahrenthold
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The collective intelligence as source in reporting...amazing!

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The collective intelligence as source in reporting...amazing!

Amanda Ferreira

John Sok

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Amy Tsui

Victor Leal

Rose Njoroge

I enjoyed the introductory videos. It helped me connect with the tutor

Sinafi Omanga

The reason, impacts and the extent of stories that is not always on the surface of stories. A journalist has to dig it out and deconstruct it for the audience. Breaking down complexities and illuminating culprits hiding in dark corners. Amplifying...

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Kushlan Sugathapala

You learn a lot of things that you don't learn in more theoretical courses from academia. Working the angles, covering the more 'boring' sectors and coming up with interesting stories out of these areas.

Shaukat Korai

Lisa Sheridan

I loved the database concept he discussed. Eventually, random bits connect

Leslie Ladowski

Very interesting. Good to share with my students.

Tripp Robbins

I'm a high school journalism teacher (and former journalist, 35 years ago), and I love this. I am going to try showing it to my students to see how it flies with them...we'll see! The short, bite-size chunks should make it nice to use with them, t...

Henna Choudhary

I believe this course was extremely thorough in execution and informative for those wishing to pursue investigative journalism; however, I believe several improvements can be made to make each lesson/segment more cohesive and captivate the viewer'...

Evelina Nedlund

This was a very helpful and informative course, and easy to navigate through each section. Very enjoyable!

Harsha Nahata

Loved getting this insight into another reporter's trajectory and experiences.

Dee Dee (Deirtra) Thompson

I’m new to journalism and coming from an arts background. For me, the most inspiring takeaway was seeing how Fahrenthold relies on his creative roots in comedy to ask, What if? Instead of dismissing absurdist possibilities, Fahrenthold–like the la...

Jennifer Badders

This was an excellent, interesting and informative course. I enjoyed each section and found myself eager to tune back in after every section completed. The format made it easy to tune in when I was available. Great platform, and I hope to see more...

Luca Peluzzi

David Fahrenthold
David Fahrenthold
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About the Instructor

David A. Fahrenthold is a Washington Post reporter covering the Trump family and its business interests. He has been at The Washington Post since 2000, and previously covered Congress, the federal bureaucracy, the environment and the D.C. police. He has been a regular contributor on CNN and MSNBC.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2017 for "persistent reporting that created a model for transparent journalism in political campaign coverage while casting doubt on Donald Trump’s assertions of generosity toward charities."

During his investigations, he tweeted photos of his handwritten notepads to solicit help from his audience, hereby investigating "in the open."

David Fahrenthold shares the techniques of his trade, career advice and inspiration for the future of investigative journalism on a beat. 

Like David says, "there is nothing in journalism that is as exhilarating as being lied to. That is the sound of after 50 feet of digging your shovel hits the top of the treasure chest."

This lively lecture contains many real life examples from David's work, from reporting on the "National Muskrat Skinning Championship" to crowdsourcing his investigation of the Trump Foundation on Twitter. You can also skip to the case studies for an in-depth look at his coverage of Trump business interests, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017.

Take this class whether you are a journalism student, a professional journalist or a member of the public curious to take a peek behind the scenes.

This video lecture is made possible in part by a grant from the News Integrity Initiative to "build enduring trust and mutual respect between newsrooms and the public through sustained listening, collaboration, and transparency." 

The series was filmed in the Newmark J-School studio in New York.

Course Contents

28 Videos
1 Survey
8 Texts