Mark Lee Hunter

Founding member, Story-Based Inquiry Associates

An award-winning investigative reporter, scholar, and author of the UNESCO-funded International manual “Story-based Inquiry - A Manual for Investigative Journalists”, Hunter is an adjunct professor and senior research fellow at the INSEAD Social Innovation Center in Fontainebleau, France. He is an academic director of the Future Media Management Programme at SSE Riga. Hunter has written more than 100 investigative features and nine books, which have earned him IRE, SDX, National Headliners, H.L. Mencken and Clarion awards. He holds a doctorate in communication from the Universite de Paris II/ Panteon-Assas.

Mark is speaking at

September 26, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Lecture Hall 200, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



Story-Based Inquiry is a field-tested method for defining, deepening and organizing investigations. It consists of four tools -- a hypothesis, a timeline, a source map and a master file -- that enable you to structure a story as you conduct research. The process is simple, and it provides big gains in efficiency. Since its publication by UNESCO in 2009, Story-Based Inquiry has been used by thousands of journalists and translated into more than a dozen languages. In this session the authors will take you through the process, using the example of a recent transnational investigation into agricultural pollution. The session will be of immediate value to reporters who have not yet undertaken long-form work, reporters who have difficulty conceptualizing and pitching a project, and those stuck in the middle of an ambitious project and can't get control of their material.

September 27, 2019
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Atrium, Der Spiegel



It's no accident that GIJC19 is in Hamburg. Our host country is a global leader in investigative journalism. From Der Spiegel in the north to Süddeutsche Zeitung in the south, from strong public broadcasters like NDR to nonprofits like Correctiv, the field is deep, diverse, and full of world-class talent. And yet, investigative journalism in Germany faces significant challenges.

In this showcase panel, top German investigative journalists will analyze the current environment, how the press is meeting the challenges, and how Germany's investigative teams expect to shape the future.

September 28, 2019
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room 2.103, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Deborah Nelson (Moderator) Associate Professor of Investigative Journalism, University of Maryland
  • Mark Lee Hunter (Speaker) Founding member, Story-Based Inquiry Associates
  • Brant Houston (Speaker) Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Paulette Desormeaux (Speaker) Director, Red de Periodistas Chile


The long-term survival of investigative journalism hangs on how well we prepare the next generation. Four veteran educators who created successful university-based programs will lead a discussion with attendees about biggest challenges and best approaches.

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