Investigative Journalism Followup

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM FOLLOWUP….Yesterday’s post about investigative journalism got me thinking: has there been a reduction in the amount of investigative journalism in the mainstream media over the past decade or two?

How would you even measure that? I don’t really care much about either budget figures or the number of reporters who call themselves investigative journalists ? although both would be suggestive and interesting data points ? only with the actual amount of investigative output in mainstream media outlets. But how would you define what’s “investigative” and what’s not? And how would you locate and catalog all the examples?

Maybe Annenberg or someone ought to take a look at this. I’d be curious to know what’s really going on, but I wouldn’t even know where to start.

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