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Whether you're just starting out in investigative journalism, or have been doing it for a while, you'll be aware that stories can often take twists and turns, and things may not always go as smoothly as you'd hoped.

To prepare as best you can, check out this advice from Vicki Krueger at Poynter, who explains why reporters should make four lists before they embark on their investigative journalism project: research, interviews, places and presentations.

She notes that the lists will change as your investigation develops, but having a structure in place for the people you'll be speaking to, the databases you'll need, the places you'll need to observe, and how you want to tell the story when it's done, will keep you on track along the way.

Check out our chat with John Sweeney, award-winning BBC reporter, who explains why determination, skepticism and persistence are crucial skills for those looking to become investigative journalists.

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