More. Every journalist in an institution, we are just running on a shoestring. It’s so sad. We are really desperate to find a business model that will support us in the future. When I was a young reporter at the Free Press, the Lansing bureau had I think four, maybe five, people. Now there are two. The City-County building here [in Detroit] used to have a gigantic media room; now it’s basically a closet. We need more, because so much goes on here. This is such an active place. There’s just not enough people to watchdog it all. The job the constitutions assigns to the press is be a check on government. Particularly with government accountability, you cannot do that without people, without resources.
I feel like the journalism we’ve done on the bankruptcy as a whole was just remarkable. This is the biggest story in history of the city, and it’s been covered in very sophisticated and smart way. But what wakes me up in the middle of the night is the stuff we couldn’t get to, that we didn’t have the people or resources to really uncover. I’m not holding my breath for a solution to that. This is a big, big-picture problem, with lots of people really working full time to solve it. But that’s my greatest hope: more people, more watchdogging.
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