The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Mike Power

Mike Power is a British freelance investigative journalist specialising in drugs and technology.
His book Drugs 2.0: The Web Revolution That’s Changing How the World Gets High documents a new digital frontline in the war on drugs.
His reports around the emergence of so-called “legal highs” – recreational drugs manufactured in Chinese laboratories that are legal in most countries – have prompted complex policy debates in the UK and beyond. His in-depth research into the Dark Web, Tor, Bitcoin and cryptomarkets predicted accurately the explosive growth in digital drug dealing that we have witnessed in the recent years.

His “Drugs Unlimited” report for documented an undercover mission to produce and import to the UK a new, legal drug – using only a laptop – and won the 2014 Association of British Science Writers prize for the best investigative journalism.

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SCIENCE: Digging out Research Discoveries and Science Scoops

Much of core science reporting these days is driven by big science PR machine: major journals, universities and businesses bombard journalists with ready-to-print press releases that set the agenda and frame science and tech stories.