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Tight budgets hurting investigative reporting in UK newspapers

Tight budgets hurting investigative reporting in UK newspapers

Newspapers and broadcasters in the United Kingdom are less willing to spend money on investigative journalism than ever before, causing the type of reporting newspapers have been hailed for to begin "dying a death," documentary maker Kevin Toolis told a panel at the Sheffield Doc/Fest today, MediaGuardian reported.

Investigative reporting is "disgracefully expensive," and needs more outlets willing to pay for it, David Henshaw, managing director of Hardcash Productions.


As budgets at traditional outlets get tighter, new operations have sprung up to try and fill the gap of investigative reporting.

In July, the British Bureau of Investigative Journalism published its first story, which was picked up by the British Medical Journal and Al Jazeera English, reported at the time. The not-for-profit was launched in April, has 17 freelance and full-time staff, and is located in City University London.

In the United States, one top name is ProPublica, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting. It was launched in 2008, and is an independent, non-profit newsroom funded by the Sandler Foundation and other contributions. In 2009, its 32 journalists published 138 stories with 38 different partners.


Leah McBride Mensching


2010-11-04 17:25

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