At a dinner party on Saturday (#middleclassproblems), a friend expressed her concerns about the decline of good journalism. She was referring in particular to the Independent's decision to stop printing. "What's going to happen to decent news coverage?", she lamented. I piped up, in defence of the longevity of good journalism. The skills of the fourth estate will endure, whether in print, over the airwaves, or in digital form, as long as good journalists continue to train good journalists.
The next day, I went to see Spotlight. What a great film! You might think it's evidence in favour of my friend's concerns. The Boston Herald, resolutely a printed concern, allowed the Pulitzer Prize-winning team to unleash its might on a story that continues to rock the world.
But as Peter Preston writes so eloquently in the article below, investigative journalism is far from dead. It's not about where it's published, it's about giving journalists the time, the space and the money to do what they do best, which is to report on issues in the best interests of their readership.
The internet hasn’t stopped investigations: it has added Vice, Vox and an array of dirt-digging sites to the roster. The watchdogs have never been so numerous, or so technically trained for the fight.