Introduction: Journalism Research and Investigation in a Digital World
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Much has been written in recent years about the death of journalism, particularly in its longer investigative form. Various reasons have been posited for this, including the impact of technology, changing media consumption habits, and a decline in the profitability of traditional media platforms. In fact, this last-mentioned commercial perspective has driven some extraordinary pronouncements about the link between falling profits and significant journalism. Consider this: in September 2012 Simon Marais, who runs the funds management group that was the second-largest shareholder in Fairfax Media, told one of Australia's most respected journalists, Gideon Haigh, that what Haigh stood for actually didn't matter any more. 'If you don't make money you're gone. Not only must you make money you must also maximise your profits. That's what you're there for. You're not there to provide great quality journalism' (Haigh 2012).