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The Digital Journalist August 2008 Issue

The Digital Journalist August 2008 Issue

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The Survival of Investigative Journalism : CJR: Amid the hand-wringing about the downward spiral of print economics, one recurring fear has been the fate of expensive, time-consuming investigative journalism. With less money, fewer reporters and the need to feed the twenty-four-hour news monster, will newspapers and magazines still be willing and able to invest in investigative projects that tackle the tough issues of mismanagement and malfeasance in their own backyards or in the world at large? A recent Harvard journalism roundtable featuring prize-winning investigative reporters who have uncovered health scandals from Iraq to China suggested that while a few big papers-at least for the moment-are still putting a premium on investigative coverage, other regional and local papers are struggling to do so. But veteran investigative reporter Loretta Tofani had a tough time getting support for her freelance investigation of hazardous Chinese labor practices that expose workers to everything from toxic chemicals to limb amputations.

Online - Centerpieces About a week ago, my editor and I started a Facebook group. We had been reading a lot about Facebook, mostly about how “old” people had launched an invasion on the site. My editor, Bill Mitchell, is 58, by no means old, but surely long past his college years. He friended me at the beginning of the month. Since Facebook opened itself to the public last September, it has grown a lot. The Internet market research company comScore announced at the beginning of July that the site had grown to 26.6 million unique visitors in May 2007, an 89 percent jump from the 14 million unique visitors the site was drawing a year earlier. But despite the growth and the hype, Bill and I wondered: What’s in it for journalists? So we established a Facebook group called “Journalists and Facebook.” Seemed to make perfect sense. By the time we posted this story on Poynter Online, the group had mushroomed to more than 800 members, journalists and non-journalists from all over the world. But then it hit me.

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