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April 01 2013


For watchdog stories, ‘who pays?’ is the wrong question

Former Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger said that before he retired the paper in late 2007, each investigative story cost up to $500,000. Figuring out how to foot that bill is important, but so is thinking about how to reduce it in the first place. Read More »

August 20 2012


Stanford tool unlocks patterns in email dumps

Thanks to a chance encounter, the researcher behind an email archive analysis tool developed at Stanford's computer science department is finding ways to help investigative journalists dive into massive public record dumps. Read More »
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April 24 2012


News algorithms do exist – and that’s good

Matt Waite says it's possible to do more with less in newsrooms -- and one solution is robots. But far from stealing jobs, bots and the "news algorithms" that power them could change how journalists do what they do for the better. Read More »

March 30 2012


For watchdog reporting, costs add up fast

For what it spends on a major investigative series, The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., could hire about four full-time reporters. But what is accountability journalism really worth? Read More »

February 10 2012


How you can help

At Reporters' Lab, we're looking to harness the same collaborative spirit emerging in investigative journalism that's always been a part of open-source development. Regardless of your background, there are plenty of ways to join our team. Read More »
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Meet us at the Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference

Our team is heading to St. Louis on Feb. 23 for the annual computer-assisted reporting conference, and we'd love to meet you. Come to our sessions or stop us in the hall to learn how we can help your newsroom and how to get involved. Read More »
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