Watchdog Collaboration

Collaboration between non-profit news networks and traditional newspapers has had a shaky history in the news industry. At "The New Watchdogs: Investigative Collaborations" panel, representatives from investigative news organizations discussed the benefits of partnership.

The panel, moderated by Knight Chair Brant Houston, featured Charles Lewis, founder of the Investigative News Network, Maggie Mulvihill, associate director and senior investigative reporter for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and Robert "Rosie" Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

According to Mulvihill, partnerships with these organizations help to offset the decrease in content due to newsroom downsizing while increasing in depth reporting pieces.

Here are some of the highlights from the discussion.

"You're not going to survive unless you're deep in the community and have the community's support." -Brant Houston, Knight Chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"I'm not a business person, but I know I need somebody who can come in and see the opportunities… [including] social networking skills." -Robert J. Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting

by Seth A. Lemon and Nikole L. Pegues