This year at the CIJ Summer School, Adjunct Professor, Mark Lee Hunter, explained how using hypotheses can frame and sell your story. A hypothesis is what the investigator wants to prove or disprove. It takes the best information you have into account and contains factual assertions that can be verified.
How hypotheses frame and sell your story
Hunter suggested three key tips on making a hypothesis work:
- It needs to be approached slowly
- It should be viewed in the easiest way possible
- You do not want to jump ahead to the most difficult approach first
It is also important to consider the worthiness of an investigation before conducting it. If the hypothesis is of high importance and easy to establish, then the investigation is definitely worth pursuing. However, if it is of low importance and difficult to prove or disprove, then do not waste your time. Continue reading