Does the media still have a remit to shine a light into the darker corners of our world? Is investigative journalism alive and well? Or are we witnessing its decline and death? And, if we are, should we care? Does it matter if people in power are held to account?
The birth of modern investigative journalism is easy to track. The pioneer of what was called ‘new journalism’ was William Thomas Stead, the son of a Northumberland minister. He introduced a great deal of what we recognise today in the press: maps, graphics, sub-headings, interviews.