Hello there.Well, I thought I’d send out an update on the latest happenings on Help Me Investigate. So here it is: We’re looking at doing some mobile things with Help Me Investigate. As part of that we need to know what networks people are currently on – so please answer a simple question at http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/2750023/ to help. On the site there’s been a huge amount of activity around the investigation into The London Weekly. Some of the details unearthed were mentioned on this week’s Guardian Media Talk podcast (around the 18:30 mark), and there’s more detail on the investigation on this post by James Ball, as well as two earlier posts he wrote: an open letter to The London Weekly and this one. Judith Townend at Journalism.co.uk published this overview of some of the findings. And I also blogged a roundup on the Online Journalism Blog. The key challenge now is finding documentary evidence and witnesses to back up what’s going on. All help welcome. Another investigation that’s unearthing some useful results is Hannah Flynn’s investigation into the availability of hormonal contraception on the NHS – Hannah has put together a map indicating the differing availability on her blog.
If you’re looking for something to get your teeth into, challenges that need taking on on other investigations include:
- Writing up a summary of an FOI response on this investigation into a car share scheme
- Creating a tipsheet for researching the funding of an organisation on this investigation into the Global Warming Policy Foundation
- And finding out why the University of Liverpool is seeking to silence blogs critical of its Vice Chancellor?
That’s it. Don’t forget to answer the anonymous poll!Paul Bradshaw
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