Friday, March 4, 2016

Investigative Journalism - How Willing is the Government to Divulge Information

Talk to the Hand, is an article written about how federal agencies refuse to give out important information concerning the public. Although most of these agencies publicly declare that they are "as transparent as possible", when it comes to actually providing the information the become very closed off.

The "watchdog role" of journalists is defined as "informing the public about goings-on in institutions and society, especially in circumstances where a significant portion of the public would demand changes in response." Journalists might find themselves missing a lot of crucial information when they turn to the web for investigative journalism because most web articles covering a story are paraphrased copies of one another. It is difficult to find an article that contains entirely new information.

An example of watchdog journalism is Talk to the Hand.  In this article it said that over a thousand people lost their clean drinking water in West Virginia due to a chemical spill in January of 2014.  However when 2 reporters from the Charleston Gazette tried to get the Center for Disease Control and prevention to divulge information about the subject, their requests were not acknowledged. A lot of other reporters also claimed to have experienced similar treatments during the current administration, although this administration claim to be “the most transparent in history”.

If I were to write an investigative article, it would be on how different colleges process their acceptance. The best way to find information on this topi would be to talk to representatives of the admissions offices, and students who have been accepted.

In conclusion, watchdog journalist go through lengths to provide accurate information, however they should not rely too much on the web for accurate information.

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