Taginvestigative journalism

Clay Shirky: Three reasons why a small news startup couldn’t break the Boston Globe’s abuse scandal

Paraphrasing Laura McGann paraphrasing Clay Shirkey:

1. The Boston Globe could afford to assign journalists to a story for months, even if their research yielded nothing.

2. The Globe had the money and “institutional force” to take on the Catholic Church.

3. Related to both of the above – the church and other powerful institutions could usually “wait out” a problem until it’s not a problem any more – the Globe was able to tough it out.

Nieman Journalism Lab: Clay Shirky: Three reasons why a small news startup couldn’t break the Boston Globe’s abuse scandal

Faster Times blurs the line between citizen and professional journalism

The Faster Times

The Faster Times, an online newspaper launched in July 2009 (tagline: “A new type of newspaper for a new type of world”), has introduced a new kind of investigative model for that new world. The initiative allows readers to vote on one of three topics they want to see taken up by a staff reporter, and then help shape the investigation itself. […]

After the readers select the topic, Apple aims for an open-source investigation unfettered by newsroom walls that, while it will not necessarily compel contributors to post their findings publicly if they’d rather e-mail the tips in privately, the fact that the investigation itself is ongoing will obviously not be top-secret. By making their reporting visible along the way, they hope to attract more reader-contributors.

Online Journalism Review: You Pick It, You Report It

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