When Sandy Rowe was in our class a couple of weeks ago, she talked about the prize-winning journalism she had a hand in when she was at The Oregonian. She talked to the editors later that same day about what she called the “journalism of accountability” — enterprise reporting that holds people and/or institutions accountable for their actions.
Here’s a great example from the New York Times today. It’s what an old editor of mine used to call a “Holy Sh**, Mabel!” story (forgive the profanity, but he was a pretty profane guy, old Baxter Omohundro) because it’s the kind of reporting that causes readers to exclaim aloud with surprise and indignation.
Analyze how the reporters went about making the connections between the pro-dairy forces and the national fast food chains’ increase in cheese use. Notice how it’s sourced.
What do you think will happen as a result of this reporting?