Chasing the Truth: A Young Journalist’s Guide to Investigative Reporting

Philomel. Nov. 2021. 256p. adapted by adapted by Ruby Shamir. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593326992.
Gr 9 Up–On October 5, 2017, two New York Times reporters broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual harassment. Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey had a long journey in publishing this article and were met with many roadblocks and speed bumps. Together they contacted numerous people, including famous actresses and employees of Miramax and The Weinstein Company. Based on the subject of their article, they had to tread lightly and be sensitive to the survivors with whom they spoke. Weinstein and his team did not make publishing the story easy for them, but in the end, Kantor and Twohey’s investigative journalism won out. This is a young reader’s adaptation of their She Said. The subtitle might lead readers to believe that this is a how-to guide. Instead, it is a narrative of the authors’ investigative journalism experience of the Weinstein story, and it also briefly covers the aftermath. In reading the well-presented report, readers get an inside look into investigative journalism and how it can be a long and challenging process. Readers can find a list of easy-to-follow tips at the end of the book. The book is well written, but the information presented could be challenging to retain.
VERDICT This may be hard to hand to teens, but those who are fans of investigative journalism and high-profile cases will devour it.

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