Steve Southwell | Street Fight

Why Hyperlocal Is Naturally Suited for Investigative Reporting

Terry Heaton

Why Hyperlocal Is Naturally Suited for Investigative Reporting

A new study by local media research/consulting firm AR&D and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) reveals that investigative reporting is a big draw for consumers when it comes to media choice. Sixty-two precent said it was reason enough to follow a particular news organization, and it ranked only behind weather (54% preference) in terms of interest — and that interest is growing. Investigative reporting is plain old reporting. Period. And it begins with getting off the lazy and easy commodity news bandwagon and growing a reportorial spine…