ProPublica invites readers to share favorite investigative journalism stories with new social aggregation tool
The non-profit news website ProPublica is encouraging users to read and share their favorite investigative stories through its new #MuckReads section.
Amanda Michel, the director of distributed reporting for ProPublica, said, "#MuckReads will curate the day's essential accountability stories, discovered and shared by our reporters and editors, and readers . . . Our mission is to do journalism that has real-world impact, and we're especially keen to find and promote work from others that has the same impetus."
Although #MuckReads is primarily a Twitter-based aggregation of stories, ProPublica will also accept recommendations via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If accepted, readers' favorites will then be added to ProPublica's #MuckReads page, its homepage and daily email updates.
Megan Garber, writing for the Nieman Journalism Lab, explains how #MuckReads works, and she considers the service to be a prime example of fearless linking and social curation on a grand scale. "#MuckReads is engaging in a kind of elegant aggregation — one that emphasizes sourcing, credit, transparency, and context," Garber said.
ProPublica won its second Pulitzer prize earlier this year for its investigation of Wall Street's role in the economic crisis.
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