Here’s a fantastic story — and an equally amazing push forward in the realm of collaborative journalism.
For its latest investigative piece on the financial practices of U.S. pharmaceutical companies, ProPublica is working with five (yeah, five!) news organizations for coverage:
This is a unique challenge for ProPublica, which in the past had favored single news agencies for coverage. For “Dollars for Docs,” each partner is running their own version of the story, backed up by common data provided by ProPublica. Some will be using ProPublica’s lead to drive the piece.
Tom Detzel, the ProPublica editor in charge of the project described it to Niemen Lab:
The partners all took initiative to do their own stories. We didn’t try to draw any lines in the sand: ‘Here’s what you can do, and can’t do.’ We just said, ‘Here’s the topic we want to work with, and here’s the data we have. Take it and run with it.’
This is an interesting project and I hope it works out. I think it’s clear that the next era for journalism will be collaborative through shared resources, data and assets. I’d love to see a partnership like this thrive.