A recent news item in the Los Angeles Times states that despite the proliferation of digital news ventures, hard news is becoming more difficult to find. While many traditional news icons are forming digital news ventures, will they bring their dedication to hard news delivered with reliability and objectivity to consumers, or will they adopt a more liberal attitude towards reporting news?

Traditional journalism requires fact checking, source verification, and on-site investigation – all requiring resources and expenses that are getting harder to come by. It is easier to simply pull news stories from the wire and report around them, delivering “context” instead of the details that would require real reporting work.

Unfortunately, this seems to be the way news reporting is heading. As newspaper budgets continue to decline, the cost of keeping reporters on the beat gets harder to justify. Digital news agencies have never built a strong journalism base, keeping their overhead low and depending on traditional sources for stories that they could then build upon.

The good news is that some digital news ventures are spending the time and money to put together investigative reporting groups. One hopes that as these organizations gain recognition for valuable reporting and journalistic excellence, more readers and advertising money will flow their way. If not, we may find that the public slides into a moribund ignorance that does allow those in a position of power to exercise that power without regard to public opinion.