As local legacy newsrooms continue shearing staff, several critical types of jobs have all but disappeared, including photojournalists, copy editors, designers, editorial cartoonists and investigative reporters.
On Wednesday, the Center for Investigative Reporting announced a program that aims to revive investigative journalism at the local level, and it’s not the only one.
Reveal Local Labs, CIR’s project, will partner with newsrooms in four cities to produce and support investigative work. (Disclosure: That project is funded by the Knight Foundation, which funds my coverage of local news.)
Last September, Report for America launched and started placing journalists in local newsrooms to do work that’s gone uncovered, including investigative and watchdog journalism. It’s currently in 12 newsrooms.
In December, the Nieman Foundation announced the Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism that includes three fellows who will spend two semesters at Harvard and have nine months for an investigative project.
Also last December, ProPublica announced seven newsrooms it’s working with in its new Local Reporting Network. That program funds a local investigative reporting position and pairs them with ProPublica’s senior editor.
Together, that’s an investment in investigative reporting in more than 20 communities (assuming the latest program chooses different cities than the ones above.)
“I think it’s really smart to work with existing news media to try to bolster their reporting,” said Doug Haddix, executive director of Investigative Reporters
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/another-new-project-aims-bring-investigative-journalism-back-local-newsrooms