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The Writing Coach Podcast with Rebecca L. Weber

Jan 31, 2023

What’s the importance and impact of seeking out original stories that nobody else is doing?

In this conversation with freelance journalist Raymond Joseph, we examine how much a unique story and/or angle matters for you, your career, your editors, and society at large.

Ray’s investigations into lottery corruption over the past four years have won him both journalism awards as well as threats. When you follow BIG money, people notice.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Collaborating with colleagues
  • Building relationships with editors
  • Preparing to defend a story in court
  • Fact checking as part of your workflow
  • Owning mistakes
  • Handling threats
  • Understanding the editor’s point of view

🔗 Mentioned on this episode …

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Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism:



South African National Lottery Explorer:

GroundUp lottery stories:

Ray Joseph on Facebook:

Ray Joseph on Twitter: @rayjoe

Ray Joseph on email: rayjoe at iafrica dot com

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