UK newspapers and broadcasters’ desire to spend money on investigative journalism is “dying a death”, according to a leading documentary-maker. The headline to the article shorthands this to ‘Investigative journalism ‘dying a death‘’. It isn’t.
There are now more distribution options, more investigators (including many more amateurs) and a much broader audience. Things continue to be investigated, the results of which continue to be disseminated. There is greater scrutinty, both large and small, global and hyper-local.
Nothing has died, but many things have changed – mainly the business models of middle-aged production companies, hacks and photojournalists.