Changes in media markets have put local investigative reporting particularly at risk. But new combinations of data and algorithms may make it easier for journalists to discover and tell the stories that hold institutions accountable.
Exploring some of the themes from his book Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism, James T. Hamilton talks to Seth Lewis about how the future of accountability reporting will involve stories by, through, and about algorithms.
Dr. James Hamilton is the Hearst Professor of Communication, Director, of the Journalism Program, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Communication at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, Hamilton taught at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, where he directed the De Witt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.
He earned a BA in Economics and Government (summa cum laude) and PhD in Economics from Harvard University.