Joining Forces to Produce Public Service Journalism

September 2008
Nieman Reports;Fall2008, Vol. 62 Issue 3, p24
The article examines a collaborative investigative reporting project created by editors of newspapers which are members of the Associated Press and the nonprofit organizations Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Sunlight Foundation. The project trained reporters from newspapers across the U.S. in techniques of examining the U.S. federal budget. These reporters than produced stories on how local members of Congress placed so-called "earmark" appropriations into the budget to finance projects and organizations in their districts.


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