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Collaboration Stories may also come through collaboration with domestic, regional or international media organisations. It is not uncommon for print and television investigative journalists to work across international boundaries, especially as corruption is a global problem. The Sunday Times Investigation Unit, for example, collaborates on three levels: internationally; with other South African media; and internally within the newspaper. Internationally, the unit collaborates with individual investigators and investigation teams of overseas newspapers.

This is likely to have major implications for breaking news by dramatically cutting the time and cost involved in gathering news. A reporter with a pocket-size mobile phone could be on the spot before a satellite truck could arrive. php) 38 Watchdog’s Guide to Investigative Reporting THE INVESTIGATIONS TOOLBOX • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Have the eyes and ears of the sleuth: Listening and watching for a story, recording goings-on; having a photographic memory helps. Websites: Used for cross-checking names, related news stories, linked business transactions, a trail of ownership, etc.

It was known that the two men had gone out ‘for a walk’ on the eve of what was to be the busiest day in Namibian political and Swapo history: the arrival back home from exile of Swapo leader Sam Nujoma. Countless observers had asked why Lubowski and Geingob needed to go on an hour-long walk that day, without guards, when there was so much work to do and when the situation was ‘hot’. No answer has ever been 44 Watchdog’s Guide to Investigative Reporting forthcoming. Geingob did tell Korhonen, vaguely, what Lubowski went to do after they parted, in the Swapo office, with the same financial books that lawyer Pierre Roux had found “irregularities around the furniture deal” in.

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