NPR, WNET to participate in investigative conference

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Reps from nearly 30 media outlets including NPR and PBS member station WNET are attending next week’s Watchdogs at Pocantico confab, “Building an Investigative News Network.” The “conference on new models for watchdog journalism” is co-sponsored by the Center for Investigative Reporting and Center for Public Integrity–its director, Bill Buzenberg, is a veteran of NPR and American Public Media. “The conclave is unprecedented, and its goals ambitious,” writes blogger Ken Doctor, a media analyst and 21-year veteran of Knight Ridder. Investigative journalism is a hot topic among pubcasters, who been discussing taking on more of a watchdog reporting role as newspapers die off (Current, March 2).