Investigations Services: Investigative Journalism
Investigative reporters depend on strong intelligence sources to gather evidence that turns leads into factual information
The work of an investigative reporter or journalist requires a lot of time and hard, undercover work. As an investigative journalist, you need to collect evidence, build your scoop, and unravel the secrets that are fuelling the background of your project. It may start with a leak, or a person blowing the whistle. It may be that one, two, or even three leads just land in your lap out of nowhere.
But, to be able to follow a lead, you need to know that it is accurate. You need to have reliable sources that are not going to change their minds about sharing what truly occurred. You need someone that can confirm that the facts in the story you are writing are 100% accurate.
At ISRA we work closely with investigative reporters and reputable media production companies from across the world to help them build their stories. Using our highly skilled and experienced investigators we work closely with organizations such as ICIJ in order to gather evidence that turns leads into factual information that can be used and published.
We do this because we know that there are so many aspects to an investigative reporter’s workload. Aside from managing various projects simultaneously, our support allows you to gather new intel thanks to our vast network and high-tech intelligence services.
Traditional Investigation Work Takes Time
Whether you are a journalist or an investigative reporter, you have to be sure that the information you have is validated and accurate. We know this traditional and basic groundwork is time-consuming which is why we aim to support our clients during this journey. At ISRA we are able to validate documents through our forensic laboratory, identify counterfeits, and dig deep into the background of individuals to find family connections among various other details.
Crossing State and International Borders Can Be Challenging
Investigative journalism should be all about cross-border cooperation, but the harsh reality is that borders have been known to put up barriers to the truth. Border jurisdictions are a common bump in the road that many investigative reporters encounter during projects. Unfortunately, it can leave a case unsolved with hours of work wasted for nothing.
At ISRA, we have offices scattered across the globe that allow us to pursue investigations, legally. We use our local contacts to help clients gain the information they need directly from the most relevant sources. These teams allow us to dig deeper into our clients’ projects to create complete, individual reports.
Protecting your Security Systems and Communications is Essential to Success
As an investigative reporter, you know the importance of keeping your security systems and communications safe. Unfortunately, you are also a prime target for hackers big and small, from across the world. You need to be ready to fight back against any attacks you may encounter.
We help journalists prevent breaches in security from happening by educating them on how vulnerable their systems could truly be. Our goal is to keep online danger at bay by offering secure communication channels as well as security system awareness.
Stay Safe While Undertaking One of the Most Dangerous Professions in the World
Because it is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, investigative reporters need to know what they are walking into when they take on a project. From war zones to various other unstable places, the risk of threats, blackmail, abuse, kidnap, and even murder are higher than ever.
Assessments are crucial to keeping you safe, and even alive. You must work with a team of professionals who are able to undertake the various health and safety analyses that will keep harm at bay from you, your colleagues, as well as your family and friends.
Although these threats normally start with anonymous letters or light stalking, more often than not, they escalate into acts of physical abuse or even intent to kill you and your loved ones. In fact, it is not uncommon for the news to report situations whereby investigative reporters die or are killed while at work.
We like to think of ourselves as bodyguards, as people you can rely on to keep you safe. We’re experienced at dealing with threats and take this kind of work extremely seriously, offering close protection when we believe lives could be in jeopardy.
How Does ISRA Help Investigative Reporters and Media Production Companies?
Surveillance operations cover a broad spectrum of investigative activities. As an investigative reporter, your duties change from one day to another. From gathering information, videos, and images from secret meetings between subject matters, to identifying and surveilling stalkers, your list of duties is enormous.
But, surveillance also spreads as far as war zones and various other dangerous areas where criminal ongoings can occur. You could also find it difficult to locate a person, celebrity, or politician for a news story because they have gone incognito or made themselves “unavailable” to you.
Our duty to you is to offer a professional surveillance team that is able to research, identify, and survey people of interest so that you can track and locate them to gather further evidence. Our surveillance operations have been designed to aid investigative reporters and media production companies in proving that their stories are factually correct and admissible for publication.
Gathering evidence goes much further than locating a person and taking a few pictures or questioning them. News stories often require the legal collection of digital evidence against an individual, company, or organization. This line of work calls for a highly skilled and well trained IT team that can conduct the advanced interception of telephone calls or email traffic.
ISRA has a contact network that spreads across the world thanks to its offices which are located across several different countries and continents. This allows us to retrieve information quickly and efficiently across national and international borders. Our information sources are reliable and range from hotels, airports, and local police stations, all the way to governments, finance sectors, and beyond.
IT Forensics & IT Departments
It is not unusual for information to go missing. Aside from the threat of hackers, people are known to delete information with the goal of destroying evidence against themselves. Our IT team is trained to not only restore hidden and deleted files across a broad spectrum of devices, but also keep that information safe and at bay from any online predators.