ProPublica.org: a big step forward in investigative journalism

ProPublica.org: a big step forward in investigative journalism

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These guys might represent the future of investigative reporting:

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that will produce investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work will focus exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We will do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.

Investigative journalism is at risk. Many news organizations have increasingly come to see it as a luxury. Today’s investigative reporters lack resources: Time and budget constraints are curbing the ability of journalists not specifically designated “investigative” to do this kind of reporting in addition to their regular beats. This is therefore a moment when new models are necessary to carry forward some of the great work of journalism in the public interest that is such an integral part of self-government, and thus an important bulwark of our democracy.

The business crisis in publishing and — not unrelated — the revolution in publishing technology are having a number of wide-ranging effects. Among these are that the creation of original journalism in the public interest, and particularly the form that has come to be known as “investigative reporting,” is being squeezed down, and in some cases out.

Of particular interest to me is "scandal watch", right hand side column, where they report ongoing scandals. Frequently, big reports of corruption appear in the news one day, then disappear the next. Scandal watch focuses on stories which are an ongoing big deal. here's one example.

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greenskeptic

I should put you in touch with Keith Hammonds, who is starting up a Knight-funded effort to identify and invest in social entrepreneur journalists @ Ashoka.

twodogkd

Brenda Norrell's website CENSORED NEWS http://longestwalk.org covers American Indian issues and more.
Just recently on the North Route of the Longest Walk 2, the North Route walkers were attacked, for no reason, as they were praying, using hand drums, as they do every day when walking.
The website has photos and stories that Tribes and others have discussed with them from along the Longest Walk 2.
This site covers Environmental issues and more that you don't hear in the mainstream news.
This, the North Route Longest Walkers, Brenda's CENSORED NEWS blog, the Earthcycles live streaming radio and audio, the South Route Walkers are all definitely grassroots effort, which I have been personally supporting to the extent I am able to do so.
These North Route walkers are about 400 miles out of Washington D.C. having walked or ran across the United States from Alcatraz/San Francisco, which coincidentally is home to Craigslist.org
There destination is Washington D.C. by July 11, though some folks will arrive early. Some early arrivals will be in Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt, Maryland, on July 8-9 to sign the "Declaration of Sovereignty of "The One Nation"". Sovereign Indigenous Nations from around the World are signing this.
http://onenationvision.com is their NEW website
The main website and website for the South Route Longest Walkers is http://longestwalk.org

twodogkd

OPPS
Brenda Norrell's CENSORED NEWS blog is bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Really a great site, lots of hot issues that you do not hear in the mainstream media.
These are serious issues currently happening different places across America. Lots of links, news, and more on these issues on this site.

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