News Journal 2.3

Publication: BBC

Article: “Romanian Football: Clubs in deep debts keep players as ‘slaves’”

Writer: Katie Gornall


In the Film Spotlight, the titular investigative team spend many months researching and investigating the Catholic Church, and the result of their labour is a game changing article that still reverberates to this day. What’s notable is that these real life reporters were able to do this doubtlessly important work because they had two very important things: time and resources. And in an increasingly online media world, where money and resources are harder to acquire, this style of reporting is in danger of being marginalized.

This piece about Romanian football players is a example of this kind of journalism. It’s no surprise that it was done by a powerhouse company like the BBC who are one the few that have the resources to send a reporter out to Romania to interview these players.

Rather than following the hard news style, this piece, and arguably most investigative pieces are structured differently. When information is uncovered like this, it can’t be delivered in the punchy hard news style. Rather, the writer should methodically unpack their information for the reader and deliver it as is. This is how this piece is structured.

This article is augmented with a video report as well which is almost identical to the written report. It is also mentioned at the end of the article that the video piece will be airing on the BBC World Service over the weekend. This shows how journalism and media is constantly converging, and the biggest companies like to get the most juice out of their reports by delivering them in all possible methods. It’s likely this is a trend that will continue into the future.

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