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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.
WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show brought on ProPublica managing editor Steve Engelberg and Frontline’s Raney Aronson to explore longform journalism, and whether we have the patience, attention span and appetite for it.
Audience aside, can longform, investigative journalism be sustainable when a single story can cost anywhere from $50,000 to a half million dollars.
Run Time: 33 minutes (hey, it’s longform).
— Rainey Reitman, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Will the Rise of Wikileaks Competitors Make Whistleblowing Resistant to Censorship?
— Bill Keller, Executive Editor, New York Times, recounting the newspaper’s first meeting with the US government in the days leading up to the publication of the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables.
— Joe Bergantino, Director/Senior Investigative Reporter for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, in response to a group Q&A conducted by the Poynter Institute.
On the social web, investigative journalists are tapping citizens to take part in the process by scouring documents and doing shoe-leather reporting in the community. This is advantageous because readers often know more than journalists do about a given subject, said Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University.
“That was always the case, but with the tools that we have today, that knowledge can start flowing in at relatively low cost and with relatively few headaches,” Rosen said. Rosen admits that we are just starting to learn how to do this effectively, but there are certainly some great experiments being done.
Talking Points Memo Muckraker had success with this approach by having its readers help sort through thousands of documents pertaining to the investigation of the U.S. Department of Justice’s controversial firing of seven United States attorneys in 2006. TPM provided clear instructions to its readers to cite specific documents that included something interesting or “damning.”…
…A similar example on a grander scale is that of The Guardian deploying its community to help dig through 458,832 members of parliament (MP’s) expense documents. They’ve already examined roughly half of those, thanks to the 27,270 people who participated. The Guardian rewarded community participants by creating a leader board based on the quantity and quality of their contributions and also highlighting some of the great finds by its members.
— Vadim Lavrusik, Mashable
Gene Warnick, sports editor, Los Angeles Daily News, on investigative journalism (via calebbenoit1)
Otherwise known as Rumsfeldian media analysis.