Not fit to wear the investigative trench coat
Investigative journalists need all the skills of general reporting, but especially:
- an alert mind to recognize story ideas and important facts which people are trying to hide
- an ordered mind to make notes, file information and fit lots of facts together
- patience to keep digging for information
- good contacts throughout society
- courage to withstand threats from people you are investigating
When I think of journalists, I normally think of investigative reporters. This is probably why I was never interested in pursuing a career in journalism. After reading this list, I am sure that I would fail as an investigative reporter.
First, I find it difficult to identify newsworthy stories. I am not meddlesome. Second, and most importantly, my mind is anything but ordered. I rarely take organized notes, do not file information, and am disorganized. I wouldn't have enough patience to keep digging for information unless I was really interested in a story, but I have difficulty getting interested in news stories unless they are bizarre. I don't have good contacts but I guess that is something that is slowly established/built. Finally, I would not be able to withstand threats and would probably just give into them.
Investigative reporting would probably be an area that I would have to extensively work on if I ever wanted to be involved in it. It sounds a lot tougher than the movies make snooping around in a trench coat seem.