Defining an Online Mission: Local Investigative Reporting

March 2009
Nieman Reports;Spring2009, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p11
The article examines the news Web site voiceofsandiego.org, which provides local news of San Diego, California. The site's primary mission is to provide investigative reporting on the city. Investigative reporting is commonly held to be a highly expensive form of journalism, as it is both labor- and time-intensive to produce. Although the Web site has an annual budget of under $1 million, it has been able to produce investigative reporting which has had a significant impact on the community. The Web site's ability to focus on one form of journalism and operate without the large cost of newspapers are cited as reasons for that success.


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