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The Watchdog Still BarksHow Accountability Reporting Evolved for the Digital Age$
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Beth Knobel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279333

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279333.001.0001

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If Not Now, when?

If Not Now, when?

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(p.95) Chapter 5 If Not Now, when?
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The Watchdog Still Barks
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Beth Knobel

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279333.003.0005

This chapter contains conclusions and prescriptions for strengthening watchdog reporting. To that end, this chapter presents ten recommendations resulting from this research. These are directed to newspaper editors, as they are most likely to drive the changes needed to make public service journalism all that it can be. Any news organization implementing these recommendations would be able to produce more accountability reporting and more deep investigative and watchdog reporting than ever before. In addition, this chapter provides one more recommendation—this time directed at the readers: subscribe to the local paper. Even better: subscribe to both a local and a nationally focused newspaper, as spending money to support the work of newspapers is one of the best investments to improve one's quality of life and the quality of our democracy.

Keywords:   watchdog reporting, newspaper editors, newspaper readers, public service journalism, news organizations, accountability reporting, investigative reporting, democracy

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