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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
  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

        A lot                                            42%




       Some                                          41%




        Little                   13%




       None           5%



                 0%        10%         20%   30%   40%         50%
Support today
compared to 10 years ago
                                                 13%
      much higher in the past

      somewhat higher in the                      14%

             past
                                                        18%
             about the same

                                                                            34%
      somewhat higher today

                                                              21%
           Much higher today

                                0   0.05   0.1   0.15   0.2    0.25   0.3   0.35   0.4
Full-time investigative reporters
at your newspaper

       4 or more                   12%



              3                      14%



              2                      14%



              1                                  23%



           None                                                    37%

                   0%   5%   10%    15%    20%   25%   30%   35%    40%
Does your paper have
an investigative team?

                                                                           45%
               No


      Not now, but
           we                              16%
       have in the
          past


                                                                    39%
              Yes


                     0%   5%   10%   15%    20%   25%   30%   35%   40%   45%   50%
Does your paper have
an investigations editor?


       No                                             62%




       Yes                          38%




             0%   10%   20%   30%   40%   50%   60%         70%
How many investigative projects
in the past year?

      4 or more                                                            45%



         Three                            16%



           Two                      14%



           One                      14%



          None                    10%

                  0%   5%   10%     15%    20%   25%   30%   35%   40%   45%   50%
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
If we don’t investigate,
who will?

								
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