Franklin Center - Resource Bank Provides Lessons from Think Tanks Doing Journalism

ICYMI: Resource Bank Provides Lessons from Think Tanks Doing Journalism

The Franklin Center was recently spotlighted on the Insider Online, a blog by the Heritage Foundation. We wanted to share with you their write up on our organization and the work that we do. For more information on the Franklin Center please visit

InsiderOnline Blog: April 2010

Over the past several years, quite a few state-based free market think tanks have started doing investigative journalism. These organizations have decided that exposing government malfeasance is an important part of their mission of keeping big government in check. And in many cases, they’re also filling a void in local reporting created by the closure or downsizing of traditional media outlets.

On Thursday in Miami, Resource Bank featured a panel on think tanks doing journalism. The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity has played on important role in helping think tanks establish themselves as outlets for quality journalism. Jason Stverak, president of the Franklin Center, moderated the panel. The panel also featured Clint Brewer, editor of the Tennessee Center for Public Policy Research’s; Steven Greenhut, editor in chief of the Pacific Research Institute’s; and Kathy Hoekstra, who produces investigative videos for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy Research and writes articles for the Center’s Michigan Capitol Confidential.

Each of the outlets represented on the panel have broken some big stories over the past year. In December, uncovered the secretive system of judicial accountability in Tennessee. It’s a system that in most cases prevents the public from knowing whether judges have even been punished. The report prompted the state Senate to hold hearings in January.

This month, ran a six-part investigation of the Greenlining Institute, a leftwing community organizing group that specializes in shaking down private foundations to support their favored philanthropic causes. The series was co-published by the Washington Examiner.  Read More