Want People to Read Your Investigation? Make Sure You Tell a Good Story
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Want People to Read Your Investigation? Make Sure You Tell a Good Story

Olga Simanovych |
November 20, 2018

Great investigative reporting often turns into bad, hard-to-read articles. At best, stories like these are boring; at worst, they are impossible to understand. Sadly, these stories can have little or no impact, meaning months of difficult investigative work is largely wasted.


Great investigative reporting often turns into bad, hard-to-read articles. At best, stories like these are boring; at worst, they are impossible to understand. Sadly, these stories can have little or no impact, meaning months of difficult investigative work is largely wasted.

It’s not difficult to figure out if your story is understandable — if your grandmother can’t understand it, you have failed. And complex subject matter is no excuse. While writers like to blame readers for not understanding or caring about their work, lack of clarity is always the writer’s (and their editor’s!) fault. One of the main elements of journalism is to make the important interesting, and the solution is better storytelling. So, tell stories in a way that helps impose order on messy realities and inspires empathy in your readers.

At this summer’s MezhyhiryaFest, the annual investigative journalism festival in Kyiv, the OCCRP’s Ilya Lozovsky shared some tips to help investigative journalists do just that. Here are his top 12 tips on how to craft a compelling story:

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