ABSTRACT

When done right, an investigative story spurs readers to demand change. To do that, the story needs to be convincing and compelling. Let’s look at one story that is both: “All Work. No Pay” by reporters Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Their investigation uncovered a faith-based drug rehabilitation program in Oklahoma that had people working in dangerous chicken processing plants for no pay. Reveal, in partnership with Public Radio Exchange, published the story in October 2017. By the end of the month four class action lawsuits were filed against the program operator.