Falta de jornalismo comunitário contriubuiu para corrupção em Bell, na Califórnia

Too little, too late


“Journalists who cover communities certainly should pursue the “big stories,” but never forget that consistent coverage of the routine dealings of local government is the true public service. After several years of no routine local coverage of government, the people of Bell are out millions of dollars; it will take expensive legal and court fees to recover even some of the funds, and the community is now facing a lot of cultural turmoil and mistrust that could take years or more to correct.

It’s a great story for a journalist who wants to break “the big story”, but wouldn’t Bell be better off if a watchdog had been covering the meetings held years ago where those big salaries were being discussed and voted on?”


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