Bob Woodward: How Investigative Journalism Gets Done




Working for The Washington Post in 1972, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein blew open the explosive Watergate scandal – something one newspaper exec called “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.” (The whole saga gets documented in All the President’s Men, available in print and film.) Almost 40 years later, Woodward still writes for the Post, and, even though he has published some clunkers since, he remains one of the most prominent investigative journalists in the US. Above, Woodward describes how journalists get their information, how they risk blowing their stories, and where journalism might be heading in the digital age.

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