Polk County - As part of our commitment to our community, the Northeast Polk Gazette is pleased to announce our new investigative news section.
In this section, we will be sharing with our readers extracts of investigative news featured by our good friends at ProPublica.
ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. They dig deep into important issues, shining a light on abuse of power and betrayals of public trust — and they stick with those issues as long when we are the only one standing.
With a team of more than 100 dedicated journalists, ProPublica covers a range of topics including government and politics, business, criminal justice, the environment, education, health care, immigration, and technology. They focus on stories with the potential to spur real-world impact. Among other positive changes, their reporting has contributed to the passage of new laws; reversals of harmful policies and practices; and accountability for leaders at local, state and national levels.
"For the members of the Northeast Polk Gazette, bringing our leaders accountable for what happens in our community is part of our mission and joining forces with such an amazing organization that can help us do that is a dream come true," said M.C.Reyes, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Gazette.
In the future, the Gazette hopes to be able to do their own investigative reporting, but for now, they will rely on the expertise of ProPublica to bring their readers quality investigative reports, not only from our area but also from around the nation.
What is investigative news?
According to The Investigative Journalism Manual (IJM), a project of the Global Media Programmes of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), "Investigative Journalism is a form of journalism in which reporters go in-depth to investigate a single story that may uncover corruption, review government policies or of corporate houses, or draw attention to social, economic, political or cultural trends. An investigative journalist, or team of journalists, may spend months or years researching a single topic. Unlike conventional reporting, where reporters rely on materials supplied by the government, NGOs and other agencies, investigative reporting depends on material gathered through the reporter’s own initiative."
Why is investigative reporting important?
According to the KAS manual, "this practice aims at exposing public matters that are otherwise concealed, either deliberately or accidentally."
What can you do as a community to support investigative journalism?
"As a community, it's important that we all stand up for what we believe in, even when we are the only one standing. When a community does that (stand up for what they think is wrong within their community), they can make change happen.
As a reporters, we have the responsibility to report on the issues affecting our community, but as a community, we also have the responsibility to bring these issues to the attention of the investigative reporters so they can look, dig deeper, and do everything that needs to be done to get this issues fixed and/or to uncover any wrongdoing that may be contributing to the development of the issues. I'm my opinion, that's how a community can support investigative journalism," said M.C. Reyes.