A few weeks ago, a colleague sent me a piece from The New York Times headlined “When the Watchdogs Don’t Bark.”
It was bemoaning the fact that newspapers in New Jersey, Connecticut and elsewhere were cutting staffs at a time when government officials needed to be watched more closely than ever.
The Gazette has always been known (both praised and damned) for its coverage of government and its leaders.
Whether in long exposÃ©s or in routine coverage of council meetings, the officials know the Gazette is watching and holding them accountable. We believe that our efforts keep the corruption down, even if we can’t wipe it out altogether.
We think our watchdog role is as important now as it has ever been.
Our mission is to be the eyes and ears of readers everywhere who can’t attend those regular council meetings, or who don’t have the time to read important but hefty government reports, or who want us to look for the story behind the press release.
The staff at The Charleston Gazette wants to assure its readers that its watchdog coverage is as strong as ever. And we have some new tools at our disposal.
On a Web page coming soon, we’ll share the same kinds of stories with you that you have always expected from the Gazette, but also original documents and other resources that we could never fit in the paper. We’ll share them with you, so you can help us keep an eye on things.
We’ll share useful links, too, and more frequent updates through this new Sustained Outrage blog, an online journal of reporting in the best tradition of The Charleston Gazette.
So check back often. Pass on a tip to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or tell us what you think. We don’t want to miss anything. We don’t want you to miss anything either.