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If not, here it is:
Website Promoting Investigative Reporters Needed Isn’t it
amazing how all those in charge of newspapers, televised and radio news as well as magazines and Internet news sites bemoan the dearth of investigative reporting due to more than a professional recession? Yet none of those publishers, editors, news managers or broadcast or Internet news directors with the resources seems to be interested in creating fair opportunities for freelance investigative reporters! Thousands of experienced reporters have been bought out or laid off in the past five or more years! Think about the loss of those decades of journalistic experience! How or when will it ever be harnessed again? Isn’t that the creative power which intimidates government and corporate corruption
on all levels of society? So without it where is the news policing power to
help protect the public? In four years of freelancing after 39 1/2 years of
news reporting, I have had some success in moving my investigative stories,
mostly into one Internet site, only to be paid pittance for months and months of work (averaging $300 to $400 a story). Meanwhile, I have spent
frustrating weeks and months attempting to place my stories with
competitors elsewhere. Either no editor answers emails or phone calls, or when they do, their lack of effort in reading the stories or the suggestions is simply incredible. To top it off and explain themselves, some editors even insult the story or the writer. But afterward the story appears elsewhere on the Internet and spreads to more than a dozen other websites sometimes with enthusiastic commentary from readers. The editors or news directors are all too busy with their own agendas and their diminutive favorite cadre of handpicked or fame-picked reporters that they can’t find the time for a freelancer. Yet indeed they advertise their sites as welcoming freelance writers. It has become so notoriously bad a market for experienced freelancers that some laid off and bought out reporters in New Jersey started their own Internet site and are mostly working for FREE!!! Amazing! In the meantime, what are all those media owners, news executives, publishers and editors making? It’s time for a change! Some charitable journalist or media fanatic with the funds and resources needs to start a website promoting investigative freelance reporters nationwide! That site could quite easily create a list of outstanding investigative reporters nationwide – complete with their resumes, special abilities and past stories. It could then attempt to pair those reporters up with news media not only locally, but nationwide, and even internationally. Who is up to this critical task?! If there is no one stepping forward, then this country is in for some prolonged periods of expanded government and corporate corruption WALL TO WALL!
I believe what you are doing is very very important. Is there a way for volunteers to help? Thank you for your guidance, and your exciting work. John
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