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. icon
    Derek Kerton (profile), 17 Aug 2009 @ 3:52pm

    Re:

    "You always miss the point Mike."

    No he didn't. Your point is a different one - interesting, but different. Do you know why Mike gets to decide which is THE point, and which is not? Because it's his blog, and that was his article.

    So, since he wrote the article on his site, it is you who has missed the point. If you would like to determine what the point is, you should start your own blog.


    Now, in arguing against your interesting point: true that TSG may not do a subsequent IR, but others will. Maybe the crowd can, and maybe the crowd cannot replace the paid journalists, but it certainly can augment, fill in the gaps, and tap into far more investigators than traditional journalism.

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