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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

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investigative reporting in the united states

Investigative Reporting in the United States

Steve Doig

Cronkite School of Journalism

Arizona State University

good signs
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
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
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
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
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
building support
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