… Oscar, we all celebrated the powerful impact that investigative reporters can have on a community. While we often criticize the media, good reporters provide an irreplaceable layer of protection. But because of economic shifts in the news business, those local investigative reporters are in dangerously short supply; in other words, it’s a good time to be in the corruption business.
Investigative Journalism Needs Our Support
At this point, although it’s gotten a bit expensive, subscribing to the local newspaper almost feels like a civic duty. Without the major newspaper here, The News and Observer, we would probably have a corrupt and dishonest individual representing North Carolina in Congress, even though he probably ordered the forgery of child support documents and had multiple extramarital affairs, while in the military. Without the newspaper, we wouldn’t know how little our state’s Department of Labor does to protect those who are owed wages. Those kinds of stories are not going to come from Buzzfeed. They require resources to complete and constraints of the business models adopted by most online publications simple don’t give reporters the time and treasure needed to work in that space.