The United States is the world’s biggest economy and the leading exporter of wheat, corn, beef and many other commodities. It also has the most unequal wealth distribution of all major developed countries. Economic woes in the U.S. have led to one in seven Americans to rely on food assistance.
Writing about the Guardian’s brilliant work on the News Corp scandal, the Columbia Journalism Review’s Dean Starkman writes: “It’s a testament to investigative reporting—expensive, time-consuming, risky, stressful—at newspapers. If you think investigations aren’t under pressure at institutional news organizations, you’ve probably been caught on the news hamster wheel yourself.”
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Last year, ProPublica won the first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to an online news organization. This year, the independent newsroom won the first prize ever awarded for stories not published in print.
From a new AP report on one of the few “sunny” stories about always expensive, but exceptionally vital investigative reporting. In a sad irony, however, this link to the AP story will take you to the Huffington
Post who ought to be putting more of its big bucks into paying writers and reporters, investigative and otherwise. But I digress…
“NPR, PBS and local public broadcast stations around the country are hiring more journalists and pumping millions of dollars into investigative news to make up for what they see as a lack of deep-digging coverage by their for-profit counterparts.
‘Where the marketplace is unable to serve, that’s the role of public media,’ PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said last year at a summit on the future of media at the Federal Communications Commission. ‘PBS exists to serve the people, not to sell them.’”