But with the decline in traditional, highly credible news outlets, making headlines with the findings of investigative journalism -- especially in smaller communities -- is very difficult. Editors and reporters are being stretched too thin, and they just don't have the time or inclination to do all the research and fact-finding required. As someone who is sitting on a big local story, I'm struggling to find a media outlet that would take interest. This would not have been the case 5 years ago.
Just watch an episode and compare the subject matter of 60 Minutes, 20/20 or Dateline from the 1970s to 1980s and compare it to any episode today. None of them seem to want to offend their sponsors or now their owners with a critical report. Now all we get is fluff from these shows. The crooks have a controlling hand in what we see and what information we get.
The only critical investigative reporting I see on cable TV can be found on stations that rely on public funding which have limited budgets and resources to acquire the information we should all have. It is a sad state of affairs.
Investigative journalism is quickly becoming a thing of the past. When watching the news you are no longer seeing the hard working out on the street reporters, much of the news in this day and age is being brought by everyday people on social networking sites. I feel like this type of journalism is not used the way that it was in the past and it no longer serves as much of a purpose.
The media is far too important to the public. Though there is controversy as to what the journalists report or investigate, without it the public would not be satisfied. There would be added controversy if it were not in place.
When you have cable news networks like CNN shuttering their investigative department and Current, a station fairly decent when it came to investigative reports, being sold to Al-Jazeera, you can the death knell has sounded loud and clear for investigative reporting. The twenty-four news cycle has become so much worse now that its married itself to Twitter. Investigative report takes time and patience, which none of the news viewing audience seem to have these days.
Journalists have unique access to much information and their work is not merely reporting the daily news, but also exposing things that should be known by the public due to their privilege. Media is a bridge between the government and the citizens. They are an independent third party that can do this objectively.
The majority of news today is hard-hitting, done by hundreds of active investigative journalists around the world. Rather than say it is dead, one could say it is changing. Investigations now involve social media like Twitter and Foursquare that adds rather than detracts from the nature of journalism. Also, many of them are writing successful books like Sugar Nature and The Power of Habit that continue to educate and inspire the public. Investigative journalism is certainly not dead, only changing.