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ProPublica: Reporting bank investigations – a cautionary tale

ProPublica managing editor Stephen Engelberg shares some advice on reporting bank investigations.

His advice:

When the journalistic scrum forms around an investigation, read very carefully and withhold final judgments.

He writes:

…Stories about investigations often leave the impression that authorities are running full tilt at malefactors. And they often fail to answer basic questions. Are these investigations fishing expeditions? Pro forma reviews? The first steps toward significant charges?

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