The Watchdog Journalism Project Moves to the Web

Sussman, Barry
December 2003
Nieman Reports;Winter2003, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p96
The article focuses on the Watchdog Journalism Project of the Nieman Foundation that aims to help create a sense of urgency and obligation to higher reporting standards. The Nieman Foundation has had its Watchdog Journalism Project created and funded by Murrey Marder, a retired diplomatic reporter. Watchdog reporting means holding accountable people and groups in positions of power and especially in government. The shortcomings of the press have been similar. But the advent of the war on terrorism, with its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, have made it imperative to reach a wider audience more quickly. With the Internet revolution, anyone connected to the Web has access to more raw information and far more opinion that any journalist could possibly sort through. No reporter or editor is equipped to cope with the interwoven complexities of foreign and domestic policy, science, economics, the environment, world trade, culture, religion, genetics and all the other issues. The Nieman Foundation's objective is to elevate the standards of journalism by further educating persons deemed especially qualified for journalism. The Watchdog Web site will marshal the learning resources of Harvard University.


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