I have come to the conclusion that there are four things that normally drive people to develop a real passion for investigative journalism.
Firstly, there are people who are driven to develop a real passion for investigative journalism by personal experiences: like, for instance, after being victims of various injustices. A certain gentleman told me that he once logged into his credit card account online, only to realize that he had fallen victim to credit card fraud. And when he tried to request the credit card issuer to help him with the issue, he was badly insulted. The sense of injustice he experienced helped him to develop a passion for investigative journalism. He went on to become one of the most highly regarded investigative journalists in this nation.
Secondly, there are people who are driven to develop a real passion for investigative journalism by compassion: like, for instance, after seeing others being subjected to various injustices, and trying to figure out what they can do about it.
Thirdly, we have people who are driven to develop a real passion for investigative journalism by role models: like, for instance, when they happen to know certain investigative journalists who are very good, and when they endeavor to be like those journalists.
Fourthly, we have people who are driven to develop a real passion for investigative journalism by money: when, for instance, they learn that investigative journalism can be very well paying. As we saw in our last blog post, huge resources are spent financing investigative journalism. A portion of these resources goes into the remuneration of investigative journalists, and this means that investigative journalists who are truly good at their work enjoy reasonably high salaries. In a nutshell, investigative journalism pays well, and there are folks who are in it purely for the money (and there is nothing wrong with that).