The Decline of Investigative Journalism

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The Decline of Investigative Journalism

Postby sardia » Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:14 am UTC

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/201 ... alism.html
When print newspapers’ standards are jeopardized by staff cuts or in making the switch to digital, Oliver argues, we all suffer for it, and not just because that results in content-churners like Tronc. Publications can become vulnerable to dubious buyers, like casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal, or to silly mistakes, like the Boston Globe’s “investifarted” tweet. Most importantly, they can stop investigating the local issues that so desperately need to be monitored to prevent corruption.

I've been thinking of actually paying for news, but I'm not sure which is better to support. I'm financially stable, so I can afford the bare minimum of charity/luxury spending. Journalism seems like one of the better ways to help the planet.
NPR They seem well funded, and they give out nice perks along with your support. Downside is they are very decentralized, and buying in is a recipe for endless calls/spam for more $$$.
NYTimes This seems the weakest funded, and I like their investigative pieces.
Washington Post Since they were bought by Amazon, it's a moot point to pay extra for it. I noticed a distinct and excess opinionated slant in their articles, bodes poorly for their neutrality.

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Re: The Decline of Investigative Journalism

Postby KnightExemplar » Tue Aug 09, 2016 5:17 am UTC

Washington Post is definitely slanted liberal. However, they get Op-Eds from virtually all walks of life. Their investigative journalism is still alive, although burried in their left-leaning slant.

When they actually publish an investigative piece, its fair and balanced. I keep it on my short-list of what to read because of those occasional in-depth pieces.
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Re: The Decline of Investigative Journalism

Postby Ashford » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:38 pm UTC

I really enjoy NPR while driving, and for general news coverage. They often report news pretty formal and informative.

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Re: The Decline of Investigative Journalism

Postby sardia » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:18 am UTC

Ashford wrote:I really enjoy NPR while driving, and for general news coverage. They often report news pretty formal and informative.

I ended up donating to NPR. They're local and national at the same time. And a good mix of liberalism with objectivism.

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Re: The Decline of Investigative Journalism

Postby Tyndmyr » Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:42 pm UTC

Washington Post is definitely liberal, but not nearly so skewed as say, the Baltimore Sun.

Wall Street Journal is pretty decent overall. Lotta economics stuff, and it's a bit to the right, but in stuff worth paying for, it's actually decent value compared to most.

It's...rough out there to find news that isn't crap. Even beyond the usual political skews, you have endless clickbait and just shoddy work. When I saw "BuzzFeed protests Fake News", I basically wanted to throw something.

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Re: The Decline of Investigative Journalism

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:33 pm UTC

The BBC has some Investigative Journalism outlets, through regular news and dedicated 'reportage' programmes. One of those is Panorama, which has an upcoming broadcast involving going undercover into a prison. (As staff, not inmate.)

Though can I just point out (to you, the xkcd community, who are probably somewhat more sensitive to this issue than your average person), that those graphs on that page are terribly meaningless.

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Re: The Decline of Investigative Journalism

Postby Dark567 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:32 pm UTC

I will advocate for The Economist. If you want to really see more global news rather than just US news, it's a great source.
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