Investigative Talent Departs After Awards Come In

September 2008
Nieman Reports;Fall2008, Vol. 62 Issue 3, p37
The article presents a first person account of the investigative reporting unit of "The Blade" newspaper in Toledo, Ohio by the editor in charge of that unit. A series of award-winning investigative stories by the unit are described. These are contrasted with the newspaper's poor financial condition and a lengthy 2005 labor dispute which hindered operations dramatically. The author discusses how the newspaper's small size and relatively low wages offered reporters have impacted its investigative reporting. Each award-winning story or series of stories has been followed by the loss of the investigative reporters who produced it, who leave for better-paying jobs at larger newspapers.


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