Hope for investigative reporting

In “Deep Throat Meets Data Mining,” John Mecklin writes that ‘the digital revolution that has been undermining in-depth reportage may be ready to give something back, through a new academic and professional discipline known in some quarters as “computational journalism.'”  This discipline, Mecklin writes, represents an important breakthrough for a democracy:

On a disaggregated Web, it seems, people and advertisers simply will not pay anything like the whole freight for investigative reporting. But … advances in computing can alter the economic equation, supplementing and, in some cases, even substituting for the slow, expensive and eccentric humans required to produce in-depth journalism as we’ve known it.

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