Threats to Journalism

The story of HP’s tactics to uncover media leaks keeps getting deeper and more unnerving:

 “HP’s leak investigation involved planting false documents, following HP board members and journalists, watching their homes, and obtaining calling records for hundreds of phone numbers belonging to HP directors, journalists and their spouses, according to a consultant’s report and the e-mails.”

With all the talk of technology encroaching on traditional journalism, it seems that the greatest threats are still the same: people.

Chris Ahearn looks at the state of investigative journalism:

“… a mere 15 percent of national print reporters cited journalism’s traditional watchdog role as something the profession did well.”

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