Investigative journalism is both a skill and a mindset. It requires expert reporting, analysis and organization, and – most importantly – time. KPBS has focused its strategic plan on finding a way to expand its investigative journalism into a team of reporters and producers doing in-depth, long-form work. Giving the time and resources necessary for deep-dive reporting yields the types of stories that can make a profound difference in people’s lives. KPBS’ single investigative reporter has written in-depth series on topics such as sex trafficking of minors in San Diego, plans to import dirty liquefied natural gas from Mexico, and the Port Authority of San Diego keeping two sets of books—one for the public, and one internally. The KPBS Investigative Reporter frequently says we have no shortage of solid leads to follow—just a shortage of resources to follow up on them all.
Per reporting fund, it will cost $90,000 a year for salary and benefits, overhead costs, research and equipment to support one staff member per fund. We require funding for a minimum of three years to assure continuity of the position and sufficient resources.