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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    Bob V (profile), 12 Aug 2009 @ 5:48am

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    I don't think that mike has missed the point. His stance has been that traditional newspapers aren't the only game in town. You bring up a great point though that I don't think I had ever even actually considered before.

    There will be a period of time when the traditional news organizations reorganize and attempt to find a profitable happy medium that we will see some types of reporting drop off. During that time it will be left to the amateurs to fill the gap. Yes a pro does it consistently but if hes not getting paid to do it he wolnt.

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