Study shows traditional media plays crucial role in enforcing open govenment

Research by a Brigham Young professor revealed that newspapers are behind almost every court case and law promoting public access and open government. With newspaper revenues shrinking, it is not guaranteed that as bloggers take over much of the reporting that they will be able to challenge government agencies.

The online news publication ProPublica that does investigative reports is fortunate to have pro bono legal work, but others may have to bank on greater transparency from government and help from nonprofits and universities. -db

From the Daily Herald, April 24, 2011, by Heidi Toth.

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