Washington Examiner: Pew study points to work of Franklin Center journos

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Wanted to share with you the below column by Franklin Center's President Jason Stverak that appeared in today's Washington Examiner. Jason's column discusses last week's Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism's study analyzing 46 independent online news organizations – half of which were part of Franklin’s national network of state-based news bureaus.


Pew study points to work of Franklin Center journos
By: Jason Stverak
Washington Examiner

Last week, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study examining 46 nonprofit news websites, which have become more prevalent as traditional media outlets have disappeared.

The study, which analyzed 1,203 stories from the month of September 2010, found that more than half of the news sites were ideologically based.

Among the sites analyzed were the national investigative site Watchdog.org and the statehouse reporting news site StatehouseNewsOnline.com. Both of these sites are run by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a nonprofit group working with news organizations in more than 40 states.

To many in the press and around the nation, the Pew study was an introduction to the work of the Franklin Center. And, although we don’t agree with all of Pew’s findings about our organization, we urge readers around the nation to judge for themselves. That’s right, go to our various news sites; sign up for our news clips and read the stories for yourself.

What you will find is that the Franklin Center and our network of reporters are dedicated to educating the public about corruption, incompetence, fraud, waste and abuse of public trust by elected officials.

What you will also find is that the Franklin Center and our reporters are accurate, independent and relentlessly in pursuit to expose the truth and to hold our government officials accountable to the people they represent.

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