The Hidden Scenario: Interview with the Authors

Dan Hind is the author of two books: The Threat to Reason and The Return of the Public, he spoke to Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter, authors of The Hidden Scenario about how their hypothesis theory came about.

Q1: The Hidden Scenario is, I think, unique in the way that provides a way of structuring investigative assignments and a technique for writing them up. How did you discover the connection between those two aspects in your own work?

Mark Lee Hunter: This was a long trip. I studied investigative methods for my doctoral thesis in 1990-1995, while I was also writing investigations. That put me on to the idea of using hypotheses. Then, while working on a book about a murder I was forced to develop better organising methods, which are actually the key to writing.

You create the structure before the text. It took me nearly ten years to figure out what I was doing, start to codify it, and test it on my students. Then I met Luuk through the Global Investigative Journalism Network and things started moving to another level. The scenario idea is Luuk’s, that why he’s the lead author. When he came up with it as a conference in Holland, I was blown away, I told him so, too.

Luuk Sengers: