NY Times Toxic Waters Series Shows How Vital Traditional Media Is

The New York Times has a series on United States water pollution now that it calls Toxic Waters. Check out this excerpt:

The Times obtained hundreds of thousands of water pollution records through Freedom of Information Act requests to every state and the E.P.A., and compiled a national database of water pollution violations that is more comprehensive than those maintained by states or the E.P.A. (For an interactive version, which can show violations in any community, visit www.nytimes.com/toxicwaters.)

In addition, The Times interviewed more than 250 state and federal regulators, water-system managers, environmental advocates and scientists.

This is ‘traditional’ media showing why the media industry matters so much. And The New York Times is using the Web to provide a public service that complements its story.

This is a public good, with efforts that few if any bloggers could muster – though one could imagine some sort of crowdsourced version of the database with a wiki to back it up if it had a strong enough and passionate enough project lead. The reporting though takes it a step further – both are essential to tell this story.

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One thought on “NY Times Toxic Waters Series Shows How Vital Traditional Media Is

  1. Just goes to show that the death of traditional newspapers does not mean the death of journalism (at least the good aspects of it). It’s also nice to see a great example of the Times using the web to add value to a story rather than meaningless duplication or ‘fluff’ content on the web – certainly in stark contrast to the way newspapers have typically gone against the flow of the web rather than with it.

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