Let me get this straight… While big newspaper chains are outsourcing their local news to ethically questionable companies like Journatic, there are critical, innovative, local reporting projects like HomicideWatch in DC that can’t find a partner? This is crazy.
From the founder of HomicideWatch which may shut down unless they can raise $40K on Kickstarter. “That there’s no one here willing to take it on is not a statement on the site but the editorial values of this community right now.”
As I have said before - longstanding newsrooms need to take a hard look at the people and projects in the community around them and invest in local innovators who can help build the capacity of the newsroom instead of outsourcing it.
From the NiemanLab post: “In D.C., my firm belief is that many newsrooms are still thinking about covering homicide in 2012 the way they covered it in 1992,” Amico said. “Homicide has changed dramatically. The drug wars are not the same as they were in 1992. That has impacted and changed who is being killed, and where, and for what reason. Despite that, those criteria that newsrooms are using to determine what homicides are and are not important has not changed. There’s a divergence of news values and realities.”
(via After a deal falls apart, Homicide Watch D.C. is going on hiatus » Nieman Journalism Lab)