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Public corruption prosecutions rise where nonprofit news outlets flourish, research finds – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

Public corruption prosecutions rise where nonprofit news outlets flourish, research finds – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

U.S. news organizations and the public often clash over the role the media should play in society, but many reporters, editors,. and news consumers view journalists as watchdogs — especially when it comes to holding elected officials accountable.A recent paper published in The International Journal of Press/Politics is among the first to explore associations between local news coverage and criminal corruption charges brought against public officials.The authors find prosecutions for public corruption are more likely in U.S. communities served by a nonprofit news outlet, a relatively new business model that often aims to fill the void left by shuttered traditional local newspapers.News… 

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