But Who Will Do Investigative Reporting Without Newspapers?

from the someone-will-find-a-way... dept

Pat was the first of a few of you to send in this amazing investigative report done by the folks at The Smoking Gun, outing a bunch of "griefers" who go by the name Pranknet and who have caused a tremendous amount of trouble and damage throughout the US with their phone-based pranks. The story is fascinating for a variety of reasons, and well worth reading, but it (once again) highlights the fact that detailed deep investigative reporting isn't something that only newspapers can do. The reporters from TSG went well-beyond your typical investigative report as well. Rather than just outing the "leader" of the group, they tracked down numerous accomplices (many of whom insisted they couldn't be found) and outed them all. Apparently police and the FBI had been trying to track down members of this group for a while, but some good old investigative reporting -- from a website -- beat them to it.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2009 @ 6:21am

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    Bob, I always run into the problem with Mike that he serves these things up like there is no need for the existing service, the dinosaur, buggy whip maker types that are currently slowing us down.

    What Mike knows and doesn't want to admit is that the public only changes (telegraph to telephone, example, or buggy to car) when the alternative is more compelling, a better economic value for the customer, and most importantly, when it can actually replace the existing service / product.

    Ditching all the newspapers because TSG did some "investigative journalism"? Not likely. Replacing pro services with spotty amateur coverage? Not likely either.

    It would be like someone pointing to steam powered "cars" and saying this is the future. We haven't seen the future yet, but steam powered investigative reporting isn't it, I am pretty sure.

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