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JoshJPhilipp writes "I work as a journalist. Yes, at a newspaper. My theory is that investigative journalism and good feature stories are key points for newspapers to stay relevant these days, but unfortunately I think the art of journalism has fallen too much into well-written nonsense. I’m curious what types of stories you would like to see. Are there any issues you know of that should be investigated or that you’d like to see covered? And on that note, are there any topics you think aren’t getting enough coverage or that you would like to see journalists giving more weight to?"
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  • First, I would have to ask if you work for an independent newspaper.
    Or, if you prefer, would the newspaper you work for actually publish intelligently written, well researched, possibly controversial, and almost assuredly politically or corporately upsetting stories?

    If you can truly answer in the affirmative, then, and only then, would I be willing to suggest topics.

    • Yes, I work for an independent newspaper. I pretty much have free reign over what I write (although I still need to pitch stories to an editor). Politically or corporately controversial isn't a problem. The basic rule is that the reporting has to be solid enough that it could stand in court (usually after I write a story like that I have to go through a long fact-checking session with a layer before it can be published).
      • OId-style journalism summarized the reporter's research and pretty much left it at that because anything more was impractical.

        The world has changed but few journalists have kept up. Any time you publish you need to "show your work" give the readers access to everything you used to put together your article. Don't just save it for the lawyers and fact-checkers, give it all to your readers too. And I mean ALL, even the stuff that you don't specifically reference - if it was researched during the writing of

    • by hutsell (1228828)

      First, I would have to ask if you work for an independent newspaper. Or, if you prefer, would the newspaper you work for actually publish intelligently written, well researched, possibly controversial, and almost assuredly politically or corporately upsetting stories?

      If you can truly answer in the affirmative, then, and only then, would I be willing to suggest topics.

      The questions are a good indication there exists a serious problem; a problem indicating a critical exposition about the poor conditions in reporting that struggles to find out what is really true--what is in the best interest of the general public. Making it Meta: There's a Pulitzer Prize for the Investigative Journalist seriously writing about the failure of Investigative Journalism.

  • Follow the dirty war cash out of South America from the 1970-80's in the USA.
    Follow the drugs been growing in Afghanistan.
    Report on the quality of basic US infrastructure spending.
    Follow the cash flows in small cities - look into the reporting around the fun that is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comprehensive_annual_financial_report [wikipedia.org]
    Follow timber, gems, gold and other goods from war zones. Jets found packed with gold or drugs - note how they are reported on :)
    The gunwalking operations?
    Veterans h
    • Thanks for taking the time for this. These are all interesting. In terms of drugs being grown in Afghanistan, in particular, I'm wondering now where the market has gone (if at all) with all the pressure on poppy farmers there.
      • by AHuxley (892839)
        Very welcome, happy to help.
        There is no pressure wrt drug growing just an understanding. Grow the drugs, be passive and no night raids for you.
        Hearts and minds in a war zone, US addicts fill the private US justice system.
        This short news clip explains it all in a few seconds at 1.09 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj-b3pB6M7s [youtube.com]
  • Hi,
    Glad to read this kind of question.

    BP and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (all links)
    http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/spotlight/aljazeeratop102010/2010/12/2010122692223878355.html [aljazeera.net]

    Including the dispersants poisoning the population of the south coast in the USA:
    http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2010/10/20101027132136220370.html [aljazeera.net]

    A year later, still a story (monitoring of the case)
    http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/rizkhan/2011/04/20114208430650322.html [aljazeera.net]

    Al Jazeera journalists have

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