As demand for an independent probe into the untimely death of a journalist covering Vyapam scam gathers momentum, the key issue that merits attention is the need to safeguard the institution of journalism. The media, of course, has its own shortcomings. But for sure it has played a pivotal role in highlighting corruption scandals involving the powerful. Investigative journalism has a rich history in India. It is the need of the hour to be able to tell the India story without fear or favor. At a time when social media breaks news, good old journalism skills have to come into play to separate the wheat from the chaff. Government-Centre or State-has to ensure the fourth pillar remains insulated from both fear and coercion. News media organizations have their task cut out: keep enthused the foot soldiers out there in search of truth.