Putting reporters on a big story and asking hard questions is well within the remit of the Fourth Estate. In fact, it will remind the public of the essential role we play, because we’ll actually be playing it.

Readers: What stories would you like to see from a reporter pursuing a responsible secrecy beat? What secrets should remain off limits? And do you have a better solution to the problem?


Dan Froomkin was senior politics producer, metro editor, and editor of Washingtonpost.com. He then wrote the site's online White House Watch column and reported on Washington for The Huffington Post. He is now in the process of launching the nonprofit Center for Accountability Journalism and its website, FearlessMedia.org. He can be reached at froomkin@gmail.com.