ProPublica

Posted: March 2, 2011 by Maria Acle in #3 Propublica

One very important aspect of ProPublica is that while it sheds light onto issues that many of us would have never imagined, the website is not for everyone. Investigative reporting is already hard enough to maintain in any normal news organization. It takes a lot of time and money. However, a news outlet with only in depth stories makes the website’s content a bit heavy at times. It is definitely not a light reading. I understand its purpose is not to entertain an audience. But I still think that no one will really become a frequent reader of anything without the content being balanced. I think you still need light, uplifting stories mixed with the heavier in-depth stories.

Also, this website is not for everyone because it is filled with mostly negative content. It is admirable that these people have dedicated so much time into putting this website together. Yet, I still think that they should expand their theme if they want a lot of people to start following them. I am saying this because I remember when I opened the ProPublica website for the first time I thought “Wow, there is nothing that makes me feel good about our world after browsing through this.” I found the ProPublica site could do investigative reporting about more positive topics.

That doesn’t take away from the fact that the ProPublica reporters come up with amazing stories. They have very original stories that normal day to day reporting would not be able to cover or even think about it.

This is why I decided to examine an article called “How to Investigate Coroners and Examiners.” It is about these reporters who normally cover criminal justice stories focused on the cops involved, prosecutors and defense attorneys. In this story, they decided to investigate those who are the coroners or the medical examiners. As they started looking closer at those who are doing autopsies they found that they were making mistakes and they were failing to document obvious injuries.

It is also interesting that the reporter turns his article into a help guide for people who are interested in knowing more on the issue. The reporter begins to give the audience tips.

 

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