Nieman Watchdog Site Launches New Blog for Journalists

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By: E&P Staff

The Nieman Watchdog Web site, which is affiliated with Harvard University’s Neiman Foundation for Journalism, has launched a new blog that will draw on their stable of contributors to offers commentary and discussion about “how to do better reporting and editing.”

Editor Barry Sussman noted in an editor’s letter that there is often “no real encouragement for reporters and editors to do the best job they can.” Instead, he writes, staff and news hole cuts — as well as a focus on easy features instead of hard news, and attacks on press credibility — send a “disheartening and cynical” message to journalists.

“Amid such surroundings it seems to us that it could be important, even vital, to have sympathetic, knowledgeable, respected writers offer a little guidance and commentary and, every now and then, show us how our work is supposed to be done,” writes Sussman of the new blog. He noted that in the past two and a half years, 130 contributors have posted “440 or so items” on the site, and said the blog planned to draw on those as well as add new voices, including some from around the globe.

“We’d love nothing more than to host a rich, continuing discussion of how to do better reporting and editing — and in the end, possibly, to help bring about to some excellent journalism,” writes Sussman.

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