The category Investigative Accomplishment denotes journalistic pieces which disclose unknown facts, background information, connections or racketeering, reveal scandals and shed light on affairs and in doing so exercise the controlling function of the press and its "pubic duty" in a special way. The research undertaken is more important in the final evaluation than the written accomplishment.
The investigative effort is judged according to four criteria:
1. Did the reporter him- or herself uncover the conditions being reported, or did he or she play an active part in their disclosure?
2. Are the conditions investigated of social significance, and how?
3. Did he or she have to overcome resistance in the investigation, and of what sort?
4. Is the report about the conditions clear and comprehensible for readers?