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Developing the Future of Investigative Journalism Online 34

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from the become-a-wiki-reporter dept.
meckdevil writes "If you're a cutting-edge geek with an interest in investigative journalism, there's a great job opening at the badly named Reporter's Lab, a project supported by Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. Headed up by former Washington Post editor and reporter Sarah Cohen, the Reporter's Lab is Duke's effort to extend what is known as 'computational journalism' into the realm of investigative reporting and thereby make investigative reporters more efficient and effective."
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Developing the Future of Investigative Journalism Online

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  • I watch FOX News religiously.
  • by countertrolling (1585477) * on Wednesday May 25, 2011 @06:54PM (#36245266) Journal

    That will require the ability to make anonymous untraceable submissions, since the government spends most of its energy prosecuting and vilifying whistle blowers these days.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Elbereth (58257)

      That's not really true. If you're referring to Bradley Manning, I support what he did, but you have to look at things from the military's POV, as well. He pretty clearly broke the law, and they're not going to let that go. I probably would have done the same thing he did, but I'm impulsive and don't have a whole lot of respect for the chain of command or authority figures; for me, that's alright (though it causes some amount of trouble in my life), but, for a soldier, it's going to get you into a whole s

      • I've yet to see strong evidence that the U.S. government is going after whistler-blowers, in general.

        Not sure if your trolling with that statement... In case not and it is just a case of mainstream news not keeping you the least bit informed, here goes (complete with plenty of references):

        Obama has made it his mission to prosecute whisteblowers [salon.com], no matter how morally correct and beneficial for society [salon.com] their actions were. The crackdown, far exceeding any previous presidents attempt [google.com] - has not been called "Obama's war on whistle-blowers" [salon.com] for nothing.

        Mark Klein, the former A.T. & T. employee who exposed the telecom-company wiretaps, is also dismayed by the Drake case. “I think it’s outrageous,” he says. “The Bush people have been let off. The telecom companies got immunity. The only people Obama has prosecuted are the whistle-blowers.

        • by maxume (22995)

          Linking Glenn Greenwald thrice probably doesn't carry any more weight than just linking him once.

          That thrice was brought to you by Conan.

          • Fortunately investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald prolifically cites and links to his sources - hence the "plenty of references" claim.
            • by maxume (22995)

              That's fine. My point was more that if he is the one writing the articles, you might as well frame your comment around "Glenn Greenwald reporting".

      • You expelled an awful lot of wind there, to tell me what?... that I should reconsider reporting that the emperor has no clothes? Sorry bub, you just cheated your ass out of a fart

      • by dkleinsc (563838)

        He pretty clearly broke the law, and they're not going to let that go.

        In what court has that been determined?

        The most important legal concept needing defending right now is that an accusation by the executive branch does not equal guilt. If Barack Obama accused Elbereth tomorrow of terrorism, does that make Elbereth a terrorist?

        For instance, right now Barack Obama claims and has tried to exercise the power to kill American citizens accused of terrorism. Before that, George W Bush claimed the power to indefinitely imprison and torture American citizens accused of terrorism.Th

      • FYI: it was the inability of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame to publish their documentary evidence that the Bush administration had started the Iraq war under false pretenses that instantiated Wikileaks. They had documents proving that Bush lied, on national television, about Saddam Hussein trying to build nuclear weapons. This was a stated reason for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. No "journalist" worldwide was willing and able to publish their explosive documents.

        People who had already considered building some

      • by tehcyder (746570)

        I support what he did, but you have to look at things from the military's POV, as well.

        No, you don't. The military are (or should be) servants of, and subservient to the people, not the other way round. Anything else is fascism.

  • Duke University? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Attila Dimedici (1036002) on Wednesday May 25, 2011 @08:03PM (#36245880)
    Duke University isn't that the school that believes in guilty until proven innocent?
  • So, in other words, at the rate we're going investigative journalism is going to look much like Trade chat in World of Warcraft? That's hardly news...

  • An editor pwned by Corporate America's owner/operators.
  • ...it' s just a rather convoluted way to promote voyeurtools.

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