Scan the headlines these days and it’s evident that the world’s problems — and attendant reporting challenges — are only getting more complex.
Tax policy, fracking, school reform, climate change, health care. Reporters in streamlined newsrooms must increasingly tackle topics about which they may know little initially.
And a quick review of news archives — the proverbial “pulling the clips” — may not be sufficient to capture the latest understanding of these hugely complex subjects.
At the same time, however, the available in-depth knowledge tools for reporters are growing. The world of scholarship is creeping toward greater openness, and many academics are putting their research online in pre-publication form. Many journals are making select studies available for free; even paid repositories such as JSTOR are making more of their offerings open access. This means more research to draw on and more expert sources to discover easily and quickly.
Until relatively recently, online academic paywalls were ubiquitous — and the research world was not yet even fully online. Read more