Using Documents to Connect the Dots: The Pachuca Investigation
Knight International Journalism Fellow Ana Arana describes how her colleagues at Mexico's El Universal followed the trail of a land grab to produce a major investigative series.
Pachuca is turning into one of Mexico City's top bedroom communities. Besides the soccer team, the government will be building a new international airport a few miles south of the city, and a suburban passenger train that will cut commuting times.
In the story we used original documents and found the connections between the soccer team and the land development, which nobody had linked in previous stories. It was a lesson to use original documentation and not depend on leaked documents.