Finding Stories in the WikiLeaks Material

How should local and regional outlets cover the WikiLeaks material?

A few weeks ago, WikiLeaks targeted three news outlets for a massive data dump of classified incident reports from the war in Afghanistan. After the news broke on Sunday night, the rest of the media world had to play catch-up and react. However, most local papers in the U.S. have so far failed to publish any new material other than wire copy.

Given the staff and resources, what would you like to see local newspapers do with this archive of documents? As a reader, what kinds of stories would you like to read? As a journalist, how can you turn this raw material into something useful for your audience?

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The Editors are the staffers of Columbia Journalism Review.