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Finder's Guide to Deep Throat, University of Illinois students

For the past three years students in the Investigative Reporting class of the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have attempted to figure out who Deep Throat is. What’s most interesting about their work is not their choice, Pat Buchanan, but the online package they’ve published, which details, step-by-step, how they reached their conclusions. Reading through their process would be useful to students and professionals interested in investigative reporting techniques. The result is also a good example of one way to publish an investigative report: rather than simply publish the conclusion, show the reader how you reached it. Though in this case, they might have included more of the primary sources they used in their reporting: For example, they could have posted the computer database they built with all the known information about Watergate and The Washington Post’s coverage. In reaching their conclusions, they sorted, searched and studied the database — surely some readers would love to do the same and reach their own conclusions.

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