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Newsnight not News at 10

Traditional journalism for print media doesn't earn its keep any more. But if papers like the Guardian move away from investigative reporting, who will break the next Hackgate?

By Peter Morris   September 2011

Rupert Murdoch said it himself, when in July he told the Culture, Media and Sport select committee: “They caught us with dirty hands.” The Guardian’s persistence with phone-hacking took almost a decade to pay off.  Even those who think it has been over hyped must accept that this was a triumph of investigative journalism. (See Prospect’s August issue for comment from Peter Kellner, Peter Jay, Richard Northedge and more.) Yet despite this, the Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger says he sees the paper’s future as “Newsnight not News at 10.” If papers like the Guardian focus on making sense of the…

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