A Digital Vision of Where Journalism and Government Will Intersect

March 2009
Nieman Reports;Spring2009, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p14
The article examines the use of the Internet in investigative reporting. The author describes his work at the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to using the Internet as a means of examining government and public officers. Using records posted by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the author was able to find a connection between land owned by former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert and the financing of a highway construction project. This report is cited as an example of how the Internet has greatly facilitated the collection and analysis of data in public records for the purposes of investigative reporting.


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