Why are there so few investigative journalists?
I’ve been asking that question alot lately. When I asked on Twitter yesterday, “Anyone know any investigative journalists under 25?”, no names were put forward.
It’s frustrating. I started doing this stuff when I was 15. I had no-one to turn to, no mentors to ask “How do I do this?” or “What should I do next?”; I didn’t know any other muckrakers. I didn’t talk to my friends about it because they didn’t understand. And I didn’t have $70 to join IRE. It was hard. It made me question where the next generation of muckrakers will come from. Who do they turn to when they want to learn the trade? There’s no set career path and very little support. There’s also a serious lack of role models; teenagers in 2012 will not look up to Bernstein and Woodward for reporting they did 40 years ago. Is that why we don’t have more young people saying, “I want to be an investigative reporter when I grow up?” Read More