Remembering the Value of Investigative Journalism

September 2008
Nieman Reports;Fall2008, Vol. 62 Issue 3, p14
The article examines how a newspaper can continue to produce investigative reporting of high quality if it is of small circulation size or limited in staff size due to the poor economic conditions prevalent in newspaper publishing. The author draws on his personal experiences as editor of a small community newspaper and of the "Albany Times-Union" newspaper of Albany, New York to provide examples of effective techniques. The overriding need is seen as hiring reporters of ability to do investigative reporting, whether it be one reporter or a group of them. Involving the newspaper's management in investigative work by informing them of its content and progress is advised. It is suggested that newspapers use all available means from their Web sites to collaboration with local television stations to market investigative reporting to the widest possible audience.


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