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Investigative Journalists Do Not Exist, They Are Merely a Myth

Investigative Journalists Do Not Exist, They Are Merely a Myth

It’s not true, investigative journalists do exist. What would our world be without them?

With each passing year, we lose one investigative journalist after another after another.

So far in 2019, globally we as a world have had four investigative journalists taken from us. Three to murder and one caught up in a crossfire.

It has been so common Time Magazine named the 2018 Person of the Year as The Guardians and The War on the Truth.

“Those who naively say they can get their news from social media are missing the point — the information originally comes from news organizations like this one,” Paul Berton said, editor-in-chief of The Hamilton Spectator. “Without actual journalists gathering information, social media would boil down to a cesspool of misinformation.”

Berton’s beliefs are not only his own. Karl Vick stated a similar outlook in his article for Time’s 2018 Person of the Year.

“The old-school despot embraced censorship. The modern despot, finding that more difficult, foments mistrust of credible fact, thrives on the confusion loosed by social media and fashions the illusion of legitimacy from supplicants,” Vick said.

Within the same article, Vick mentioned author David Patrikarakos. Patrikarakos’s book War in 140 Characters, also confirms social media tries to confuse and misinform its’ online communities. When people see the truth, they do not recognize it as truth.

Americans agree with these statements as well. In NBC’s new poll, Americans give social media a clear thumbs-down, Fifty-five percent believe social media does more to spread lies and falsehoods, versus 31 percent who say it does more to spread news and information.

It is clear investigative journalists do exist, that they are being murdered and imprisoned for speaking the truth, and that our world would not know the whole truth if we only received our news through social media. Now how is it possible to protect our investigative journalists?

Start to donate right now to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Their About CPJ page explains who they are and what their mission is.

“The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.

Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. For more than 30 years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.

CPJ is made up of about 40 experts around the world, with headquarters in New York City. When press freedom violations occur, CPJ mobilizes a network of correspondents who report and take action on behalf of those targeted.

CPJ reports on violations in repressive countries, conflict zones, and established democracies alike. A board of prominent journalists from around the world helps guide CPJ’s activities.

CPJ’s work is based on its research, which provides a global snapshot of obstructions to a free press worldwide. CPJ’s research staff documents hundreds of attacks on the press each year.”

Investigative Journalism Is Dead

It takes too long, it costs too much money and no one wants to be educated.

There always seems to be something. A reason why this type of journalism is a waste of time, money, and energy. Of course, these are our every day pessimists.

What does research have to say about Investigative Journalism?

The Guardian claims the industry is thriving not dying. Even in this digital world, the industry is better off not worse. Especially when it comes to getting information from their sources.

Mikkel Pates, Agweek Staff Writer has been working in the industry for 40 years. He (like myself) found that Investigative Reporting was the only reason he wanted to become a reporter in the first place. Pates is also in no way, shape or form slowing down while he continues to receive numerous tips a week and sometimes in just one day!

Lisa Gartner, Investigative Reporter of The Inquirer Newsroom is one of many reporters who had sources come to them.

Gartner followed up in an investigation that revealed decades of child abuse and cover-ups at the Delaware County school in Philadelphia. The story came together through more than 40 interviews with students, staff, and others willing to share their experiences.

Stan Wischnowski, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of The Inquirer Newsroom indicated multiple ways in which they have changed to continue to support their Philadelphia citizens by keeping accountability journalism that makes a difference in their communities alive.

From creating a greater array of deeply reported investigations, more engaging newsletters and social media interactions. To smarter use of photo galleries, videos, audio journalism, more data visualizations, innovative experiments, a redesigned website and app.

They are even unveiling The UpSide, a new Sunday Inquirer print section and digital presence that showcases the good news of their communities.

These journalists are working to make their newspapers successful for the good of their own communities and society at large.

Support global, national, or local Investigative Journalism Organizations right now.