This is an excerpt from the book “The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism.”
Accountability journalismAccountability journalism encompasses all journalistic efforts that strive to hold powerful people accountable for what they say, what they do, and what they should be doing. Those powerful people typically are politicians and government officials but they can also can be business leaders, corporations, medical professionals or anyone else who can hold power over everyday citizens. Accountability journalism includes investigations and fact-checking. It is generally the most popular type of journalism with audiences and arguably the most important.
Big Picture An accountability journalism primer
Accountability journalism encompasses all journalistic efforts that strive to hold powerful people accountable for what they say, what they do, and what they should be doing.
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“We’re doing four times more in-depth investigative and explanatory reporting now than we did when our newsroom was three times larger than it is today. And I barely heard a peep from readers about most of the stuff we stopped doing.”
Case studies on effective accountability journalism presentations from 11 news organizations.
Using coverage of Silicon Valley as a case study, the author examines the relationship between reporter and sources.
A collection of stories about local accountability issues, supported by the Contently Foundation.
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Practical, tested advice for more thorough accountability reporting.