Despite a long run of journalistic tough times, the loss of advertising dollars and the challenge of the Internet, there’s been a blossoming of investigative journalism across the globe from Honduras to Myanmar, New Zealand to Indonesia.
“As a journalist, no one tells you something because they like the look of your face, generally,” the Independent reporter told Truthdig in an exclusive interview. “They tell you to further their own interests or the interests of their party.”
It’s called NewAssignment.net, and the idea is for everyday citizens to fund specific reporting projects that will be assigned to professional journalists. This could be the birth of an entirely new paradigm in reporting: professionals and amateurs working together in a truly networked way. Check it out.
Two Gulf Coast newspapers took home the big award for their hurricane reportage; Risen and Lichtblau of the N.Y. Times won for their stories on Bush’s eavesdropping; and Dana Priest of the Washington Post earned a Pulitzer for reporting on secret CIA prisons. Full list of winners.
Two respected researchers have touched off a firestorm with their report arguing that America’s pro-Israel lobby has badly damaged the United States’ strategic interests. Check out this Truthdig report on the reactions from all sides of the debate.