Masters students launch website to inspire new model of investigative journalism

10 May 2013

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Dublin City University MA in Journalism students Maria Delaney and Peadar Grogan have launched a new website to crowdsource stories in need of some investigative reporting. invites the Irish public to submit issues they encounter in their daily lives for further investigation by a network of journalists.

The motivation behind the website is to counter a decline in investigative journalism that has resulted from the pressure of faster news cycles, lower circulation and reduced advertising revenue in traditional media.

Delaney and Grogan believe that can sustain investigative journalism by working with the public directly. “I think this will help sustain investigative journalism in Ireland,” said co-founder Delaney, a freelance science and medical journalist. “I’m excited to begin this new venture and look forward to welcoming new journalists on board.”

“I hope that will help people find a voice and that we can bring to light the problems they face day-to-day,” added Grogan, who is a tech and data journalist.

The website hopes to partner with traditional media outlets to sell these stories, as well as offer other online media services, such as audio and video reports, data visualisation, and live blogging.

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Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.