JOURNALISM MATTERS: Accountability Journalism: A Cost-Benefit Analysis – Nieman Reports

Journalism matter. It’s often taken for granted or treated like a public utility but it does make a difference. There is no market mechanism that transforms impacts such as the value of lives saved by accountability journalism into an equivalent subscription or advertising revenue. Yet assessing the impact of journalism is an important task in these days of cash-strapped newsrooms. While accountability reporting can cost media outlets thousands of dollars, it generates millions in net benefits to society by changing public policy.

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