About The Muckraker
“Muck-rake: intr.v. muck·raked, muck·rak·ing, muck·rakes
To search for and expose misconduct in public life.”
From The Free Dictionary.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” – Proverbs 31:8.
The Muckraker is a blog about the craft of investigative journalism. It features industry news, tips, tricks and interviews with those who practice the trade.
It’s also a collection of my personal experiences as an investigative reporter, mapping my journey as I try to uncover the truth.
My name is Lyra McKee. I’m a journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. I’m a P/T Editor at media news site Mediagazer and Investigations Editor for The XX Corporation. I sometimes contribute to other publications.
If it’s not obvious already, investigative journalism is my passion. I’m currently studying for a Masters degree in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University where I’m researching new media business models and how muckraking can be sustained. I’m interested in how social entrepreneurship can be used to produce quality journalism. I’m always experimenting with new ideas.
At the moment, I’m working on a book about a Northern Irish politician who was murdered in November 1981, Reverend Robert Bradford. It will focus on the last months of his life and attempt to answer the questions around his death. The publication date is set for 2016. It was recently picked up by The XX Corporation. You can read more about the book here.
Want to know more? Or have some info you’d like to share? Email me: lyra at muckraker dot me. All tips are treated in complete confidence.