What’s the importance and impact of seeking out original stories that nobody else is doing? In this conversation with freelance journalist Raymond Joseph, we examine how much a unique story and/or angle matters for you, your career, your editors, and society at large. Ray’s investigations into lottery corruption over the past four years have won him both journalism awards as well as threats. When you follow BIG money, people notice. In this episode, we discuss:
•Collaborating with colleagues 
•Building relationships with editors 
•Preparing to defend a story in court
•Fact checking as part of your workflow
•Owning mistakes
•Handling threats
•Understanding the editor’s point of view
Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism: www.ccij.io
Tableu: tableau.com
South African National Lottery Explorer: salotterytool.org.za
GroundUp lottery stories: www.groundup.org.za/topic/lotto/
Ray Joseph on Facebook: facebook.com/rayjoejourno
Ray on Twitter: @rayjoe
Ray on email: rayjoe at iafrica dot com
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