Editorial collaborations may be the key to a brighter future for investigative journalism organizations, according to Sandy Rowe, a Knight Fellow at Harvard Kenedy’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy in her paper Partners of Necessity: The Case for Collaboration in Local Investigative Reporting.
Rowe’s paper explores the benefits and inevitability of collaboration, citing models of effective collaboration strategies, identifying challenges and offering advice for editors who want to pursue partnerships. Her objective is clear: “Leaders of local investigative reporting…who can form effective and independent partnerships for the most complex journalistic work… will be the winners.”
Sandy Rowe is the former editor of The Oregonian. She currently chairs the Board of Visitors of The Knight Fellowships at Stanford University, and is a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Read the full version of Rowe’s paper here.
For more information about Rowe’s ongoing research on editorial collaborations and a profile on the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network as an example of this type of collaborative model, please see the recent blog post in Leadership 3.0, a blog produced by the Knight Digital Media Center.