Untold Stories: A Survey of Freelance Investigative Reporters

Project Word asked about the challenges and opportunities facing contemporary freelance investigative reporters. The organization surveyed more than 250 journalists in 36 states in the U.S. and 26 countries. Among its key findings: increasingly dire conditions in the freelance economy are forcing many journalists to abandon public-interest stories.

21st Century Muckraking: Investigative Reporting Unleashed

During the first decade of the 21st century, a transformation in journalism began in Europe and spread to other continents. A movement in the use of data for investigations has helped lead to a resurgence of investigative reporting and has spurred the creation of small online newsrooms, as well as non-profit journalism. As ever, the conundrum of paying for it remains.