Missing from ‘Spotlight’ Movie: How News Sites Pay for Top-Quality Investigative Journalism

The movie “Spotlight” is a heartbreaking yet inspiring drama about local journalism at its imperfect best. But this “based on actual events” portrayal of how the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative team uncovered the pedophile priest scandal in the Catholic Church overlooks one sobering detail: The Globe’s hundreds of stories of sexual abuse, for all the acclaim they won, didn’t save the paper from a catastrophic financial decline that nearly put it out of business.

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