the investigative journalist

Emails sent and private files

Opened, combed through finely

After doors were knocked on

Police were interviewed – unwillingly

And secrets trickle out so slowly

And painfully, and awful people have

Their dirty truths exposed,

Splashed across the front of papers

And put in Netflix documentaries.

I absolutely love documentaries that have been made by investigative journalists. I think it stems from my long dead dream that I would want to be a journalist when I grow up.

I actually did my school work experience placement at the local newspaper when I was fifteen. I spent a week with the photographers and a week on the sports desk and they were two of the best weeks ever. I had so much fun, jumping in the car at a moment’s notice and rushing off somewhere to take some photos. They even gave me a little camera while I was there and I still have the photos that I took (this was in the days when it was all on film and we actually took them to Jessops to get them developed so that I could take them home).

You never know, one day I might still get a chance to make my own Netflic documentary. Perhaps I could do an expose on how badly secondary school teachers are treated by the average sixteen year old. Somehow I don’t think that will be revealing anything that we didn’t all know anyway.

Oh well.

Much Love

Rachel xx

2 thoughts on “the investigative journalist

  1. Margot Kinberg

    I absolutely love investigative journalism, Rachel. When I was a girl, that was one career I thought of, although it didn’t happen. I don’t like it when paparazzi go too far and invade people’s personal lives. But I do think the rich and powerful need to be held to account, and investigative journalism is one way to do that. When stories break, I have a lot of respect for the people who took the risks to get those stories.

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