Endangered Species; Why a Disappearing Breed of Journalism is Exactly What We Need

CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia reports on set. (photo ctsy. of KMGH)

CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia reports on set. (photo ctsy. of KMGH)

Lest you think this site is solely about the gloom and doom side of the news biz, fear not. Here at the Exigence Report, I also want to highlight news organizations that are getting it right.

Exhibit #1 – KMGH News7 in Denver.

The ABC affiliate in Denver is doing something few TV stations are doing these days, and they’re doing it better than most. KMGH continues to employ a sizable staff of reporters and behind the scenes researchers dedicated solely to investigative news.

The CALL7 news team regularly presents stories with real depth, hard hitting facts, and unprecedented behind the scenes access. They are able to do this because they are talented of course, but also because of one very important factor; the investigative team is left alone to do their work, and they operate largely free from the breaking news side of the newsroom.

Take a look at the difference it can make.  Here’s CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia going deep behind the scenes to reveal  life-and-death safety concerns at Pueblo’s State Hospital. And here’s a follow-up story where we can clearly see the major changes that came as a direct result of John’s report.

You need to recognize how important this is. The independent investigative news team is a dying breed in our industry. Of course, it helps to have deep pockets (for the extra staff), but if every station would try to keep just one investigative reporter on its staff, it could make a huge difference for a lot of viewers.

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