News Leadership 3.0

March 03, 2009

JTM: Collaborative journalism

The Chauncey Bailey Project offers one model for pooling resources to produce investigative journalism

Dori Maynard of the Maynard Institute and Linda Jue of the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism are describing The Chauncey Bailey project at the morning session of the Journalism That Matters Conference at Poynter.

Multiple news organizations (traditional rivals) and independent journalists collaborated to continue the work of Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post, who was gunned down in August 2007. Under the banner of “You can’t kill a story by killing a journalist,” the collaborative investigated violence and financial fraud at Your Black Muslim Bakery, an institution in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 40 years, and explored its relationships with local politicians, city and business officials and the Oakland Police Department.

It’s a promising example of emerging ways to get important stories done in times of cutbacks. Here is the Chauncey Bailey Project Web site.


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