From Idea, to Beat Reporting, to Investigative Project

September 2008
Nieman Reports;Fall2008, Vol. 62 Issue 3, p42
The article discusses how investigative reporting is edited and managed at the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram" newspaper in Fort Worth, Texas. The author, the editor in charge of investigative reporting, described how personnel losses created by budget cuts mandated by the newspaper's owner McClatchy Co., forced her to restructure the investigative reporting unit. Investigative reporters no longer spend weeks or months working on one specific story. Instead, they become so-called "beat" reporters specializing in covering the topic which generated the original investigative project. The reporters gains expertise while creating daily stories which ease the manpower shortage at the newspaper. An investigation of the Texas state pension system for public employees is used as an example.


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