Team Reporting on a Watchdog Project

September 2008
Nieman Reports;Fall2008, Vol. 62 Issue 3, p44
The author, a reporter at the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram" newspaper in Fort Worth, Texas, presents a first person narrative of an investigative reporting project which resulted in a six-part series of stories on JPS Health Network, a public hospital and medical care system in the region. The difficulties of producing the reports at a newspaper suffering the effects of layoffs and budget cuts are described, as are the interpersonal conflicts and emotional mood swings of the reporters and editors involved in the project. The author expresses satisfaction at the sweeping changes made at JPS after the series was published.


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