Tag: investigative journalism

by Jim Bettinger

I don’t recognize most cinematic depictions of journalists or journalism. Caricature seems to be the default mode, and the people that I have been around my entire adult life become superheroes, cads, cynics and manipulators, working in a system that rewards volcanic egos, deeply rooted chicanery and excess at every turn. “Spotlight” is different. “Spotlight” […] more »

by Khari Johnson

A few weeks back, Through the Cracks interviewed Michael Morisy, founder of Muck Rock, a website that allows people to crowd fund and collectively seek public records requests. Just recently, Muck Rock began to offer the Projects service, which allows people to crowdfund the records requests to dig up information and the reporting to find […] more »

by Sam Berkhead

It’s all about the evidence. David Donald, a data journalist in residence at the American University School of Communication, stressed this fact during a recent talk with visiting Pakistani journalists from ICFJ’s U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism. “Everything I talk about is in the context of evidence,” Donald said. “Investigative reporting is about evidence; data […] more »

by David Sasaki

This post is long and not every section is relevant to every reader. Please feel encouraged to skip to those sections that are most relevant. Opening Up Philanthropic Strategizing I often emphasize the importance that philanthropy become more transparent, participatory, and accountable. Most related initiatives — such as the Foundation Center’s Reporting Commitment — advocate […] more »

by Harry Dugmore

We’ve been going through the recent Knight Commission report, Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, and finding a lot of insights useful to our Iindaba Ziyafika project here in South Africa. Although focused on the U.S., the ideas explored under the commission’s three core topics: “Maximizing the Availability of Relevant and Credible Information,” […] more »

by Ryan Sholin

On June 1, Paul Bradshaw of the Online Journalism Blog and Birmingham City University in the U.K. announced that a project he’s been working on for 18 months called Help Me Investigate won funding to build a platform for crowdsourcing investigative journalism. I spoke with Paul via Skype about the goals of the project, the […] more »

by Andrius Kulikauskas

The Includer is the voting machine for ones dreams. (There are no apostrophes on this Bosnian keyboard.) I am blogging thanks to last years Knight News Challenge.  November 1 is the last day to apply this year. What I really like about this contest is that everybody can see your entry.  Here is mine: Help […] more »

by Jay Rosen

Two weeks ago I participated in a forum on newspapers and the net put on by Britannica Blog. The tone was: are newspapers doomed and does anyone care? My part includes this: At many a conference I have attended on new media and journalism, some old pro whose subsidy is fast disappearing will (mentally) place […] more »