Posts tagged with ‘Investigative Reporting’
Daniel Froomkin, Truth or Consequences: Where is Watchdog Journalism Today?, Nieman Reports
The piece includes these words of words of wisdom from Murrey Marder, former Washington Post reporter and founder of the Nieman Watchdog Project:
Watchdog journalism is by no means just occasional selective, hard-hitting investigative reporting. It starts with a state of mind, accepting responsibility as a surrogate for the public, asking penetrating questions at every level, from the town council to the state house to the White House, in corporate offices, in union halls and in professional offices and all points in-between.
—Fund for Investigative Journalism with Sandy Bergo
The Investigative Fund is accepting applications for its fall 2012 I.F. Stone Award for emerging journalists.
Twice a year, in the fall and spring, The Investigative Fund will accept investigative proposals from young and emerging reporters, or reporting teams, and will select one or two I.F. Stone Award winners. Winners of the I.F. Stone Award will receive funding to cover the reporting costs of their project, up to a maximum of $10,000; editorial guidance from Investigative Fund editors; access to such subscription services as Nexis and Accurint; and assistance with placement of the investigation in a print, online, or broadcast outlet…
…With the I.F. Stone Award, The Investigative Fund will create a pathway for emerging journalists to publish or air their first or early-career investigations. We hope the award will not only cultivate diverse journalistic talent, but help ensure that investigative reporting continues to be responsive to a broad and eclectic audience.
Deadline for applications is November 30. Application and more information found here.
The Investigative Fund is a project of the Nation Institute.
The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) to launch investigative news channel on YouTube, with Knight support →
The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) announced today it will launch a new investigative news channel on YouTube that will be a hub of investigative journalism, with $800,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
CIR, the non-profit investigative reporting organization that has produced numerous award-winning investigations, will curate the YouTube channel, which is expected to launch in July 2012. Journalists will be trained in audience engagement and other best practices for online video. The Investigative News Network (INN) will also be responsible for working with its member organizations to leverage the channel to reach new audiences and increase the amount of earned revenue to subsidize their public interest journalism.
— Steven Waldman, Senior Advisor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, and author of a recent FCC report on media in the digital age. Boston Herald, FCC official: Investigative journalism on life support.
TVNewsCheck reports that Scripps television is bringing investigative journalism back to the news room. Pioneering this effort is Bob Sullivan, Scripps Television VP of Content, who recognizes the importance of watch dog journalism to an informed society.
While adding investigative reporters to the newsroom, Scripps also sent 64 employees — such as producers, multimedia reporters and traditional print reporters — to June’s annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference.
Says IRE’s Mark Horvit on the significance of Scripps commitment to investigative reporting,”We’re still not where we were several years ago, and we are certainly not where we need to be, but there are positive and hopeful trends and a lot of great work being done.”
Diana Marszalek, TVNewsCheck, Scripps Bucks Investigative Reporting Trend.
Paul Steiger, Editor in Chief, ProPublica, writing today about the non-profit’s Pulitzer win for National Reporting. ProPublica reporters Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein won the award for a series on Wall Street bankers who enriched (or tried to) themselves at the expense of their clients and — in some cases — their firms.
This is the first time a digital only series has won the Pulitzer.
Congratulations to an exceptional organization for showing what a non-profit can do in journalism.
Without much notice, some dedicated editors, reporters, news entrepreneurs and sponsors are refusing to lament the collapse of an industry. Instead, working from a nonprofit model, they have for decades been breaking important stories, and in just the last few years have made striking gains in numbers, recognition and impact.
Great reporting is still being done by the traditional media, but there is very little of it. It is the nonprofit model… that shows the most promise. More than anything else I can think of, it will serve — is already serving — to hold leaders accountable and keep important issues in public view.
Nonprofit news organizations are important in another respect. The Watergate era made many people see journalism as honest, worthwhile work. They don’t today. The nonprofit model, as it grows and strengthens and stays independent, could bring that spirit back and draw bright, idealistic young people into the profession.
And wouldn’t that be nice.
— Barry Sussman, Editor, Nieman Watchdog Project, on the role of nonprofits in investigative journalism.
— Nicholas Lemann, Dean, Columbia University School of Journalism, on the role of news organizations in the age of WikiLeaks.