For over a decade, new technologies have upended both the traditional news business model and the way readers access news. This has revolutionized the way journalists report and publish information in the public interest, but it’s also struck a major blow to the industry at large.
Investigative journalism has been hit particularly hard by this shake-up. It can be the most costly and time-consuming genre of news, and in these times of austerity for media organizations, investigative reporting has been the first on the chopping block. To cope with fewer resources, diminishing audiences and a lack of in-depth reporting, news organizations are now doing the unthinkable: they are working together to produce and publish news in multiple platforms. Not only does this give more impact to their reporting but it also allows them to reach a wider audience. In the news world, it’s a different way of doing business, and it comes with unique opportunities, as well as challenges.
The Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism has a long history of collaborating with media organizations. Based on its unique experiences and that of others in the field, the Berkeley IRP has developed Collective Work to help usher in this new era of journalism. Collective Work has developed best practices for the industry and offers additional resources for and insights about collaborative reporting.
To make Collective Work widely available to a broad range of users, the Investigative Reporting Program has partnered with PBS MediaShift to develop Collaboration Central: an online resource for information about collaborative journalism.
Collective Work was made possible by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.