I think it’s stating the obvious, but the American Journalism Review posted an opinion piece last week showing how good, quality journalism still takes time.
The problem with today’s world of journalism is that it’s at odds with taking time to craft an enterprise piece.
First, there’s the issue of shrinking newsrooms. Reporters are now having to handle more than they ever had to, which means less time to do the stories they really want to do.
Secondly, there’s the issue of the 24-hour news cycle. Enterprise goes against working on the stories that are constantly breaking. Plus you hasten to get out a story more quickly in order to scoop the competition.
Either way, I fear enterprise like what we saw in the Washington Post about Walter Reed last week is dying if it’s not already dead.
What’s sad is there was a recent report about how newspapers who invest in their newsrooms did better financially. If that were the case in most places, enterprise reporting would not be dying its slow death.