In-depth reporting in a new era

If you missed it, we recommended in #injusticereads a powerful article detailing the difficulty of rape prosecutions, centered around the wrongful conviction of a young woman who was criminally convicted based on allegations she had falsely claimed rape.

The work was the product of Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller, two excellent reporters at, respectively, The Marshall Project and ProPublica.

Now, a postscript: the editors of those sites explain how the project came to be, and it says a lot about the new world of journalism. In the old days, news organization were driven by competition, by being first, by getting “the scoop.”

In the new days, as news organizations have shrunk their budgets and appetites for deep investigative projects, an increasing number of non-profits (including, of course, Injustice Watch) are sprouting up to fill the landscape. It is an age of experimentation, and finding new ways to make people informed in an era too focused on the glitz and the shallow. But it also is an era where one important new idea is collaboration, and putting the public’s need to know ahead of the urge to crush the competition.

At a time where there is much to mourn about the shrinking journalistic landscape, that trend is one to celebrate!