The Not So Glamorous World of Investigative Journalism

I didn’t know what to expect of my internship at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, but my overall experience was one I will always remember for all the best reasons.

Getting to work alongside your close friends will always make any job better, but it’s fortunate that the work given us was one I didn’t find to be any sort of hassle. Anton and I were assigned to the Research team, and our first job was to edit the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth of several high profile politicians. For two generally clueless students, this was a task not to be taken lightly. Though we never had to touch the actual financial figures, it’s astounding to see all the work that gets put into digitizing and proofreading one document.

Next we were made to encode data from the 2016 Philippine Statistics Yearbook. Though I was surprised at the jump from our previous work, I was no less challenged by what we had to do. Being someone who only basic experience in Microsoft Excel, it was a journey of its’ own learning to navigate the program and utilise the proper shortcuts. Suffice it to say that I have learned a lot, both about how to properly encode and about our country’s general statistics. It amazed me to see some of the information we had to input as you would never imagine some of them being important enough to put in a big book of data. Turns out, everything is important.

I am eternally grateful to the staff at PCIJ for letting us be a part of their team, even if only for a little while. Though our time was limited and our input not enough for what you would qualify for a full internship, I hope that we were able to contribute to their important work, even if a little bit. The work that these people do are so important, and it was an honor getting to be part of that experience.

-Karla Tuplano

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