Presentation on theme: "Investigative Reporting in the United States Steve Doig Cronkite School of Journalism Arizona State University."— Presentation transcript:
Investigative Reporting in the United States Steve Doig Cronkite School of Journalism Arizona State University
Good signs More than 5,000 members of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) More than 500 investigative projects and reports entered in the IRE contest 400+ reporters attend the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting conference in Cleveland 1,000+ expected at IRE conference in Phoenix June 7-10
Powerful work Wall Street Journal investigation of stock- option backdating scandal Washington Post stories about conditions at Walter Reed military hospital Birmingham News exposé on corruption in the Alabama two-year college system Hartford Courant stories on suicides of American soldiers in Iraq Miami Herald stories on fraud and theft by managers of the city’s public housing program
More problems exposed Corrupt lobbyists and politicians Mismanagement of hurricane aid Secret prisons and domestic spying Abuse by landlords in Baltimore Coal mine safety in West Virginia Counterfeit prescription drugs Citizenship fraud in Miami Latino gangs in Los Angeles
Signs of trouble Layoffs and buyouts as newspapers continue to trim staff and TV audience shrinks Harder for reporters to get time and funding necessary for investigative reporting TV too often relies on “cheap” investigations for ratings Open records laws being restricted on grounds of war against terrorism
Survey of investigative reporters Done by Cronkite School students 86 reporters and editors at the 100 largest newspapers in the U.S. Part of a package of stories about the anniversary of the 1976 assassination of Arizona reporter Don Bolles
Interest in investigative reporting at your newspaper
Support today compared to 10 years ago
Full-time investigative reporters at your newspaper
Does your paper have an investigative team?
Does your paper have an investigations editor?
How many investigative projects in the past year?
Building support Showcase investigative work Educate readers/viewers about the need for investigation Fight for public records access Get top editors to attend IRE conferences Make a business case for investigation