On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark is joined by Allison Augustyn, the executive director of InvestigateWest, a non-profit journalism studio based in Seattle.

In Allison’s words, InvestigateWest is reporting “for community, with community” using a modern investigative reporting approach. She explains the role that InvestigateWest fills and how the impact of their reporting on the Pacific Northwest is measured.

She provides examples of notable stories (a social justice component to environmental reporting) and the idea of “meeting people where they live.” She also previews an upcoming story running in The Atlantic. Lastly, she offers advice to aspiring investigative reporters and offers her own salute to a journalism organization.

*Core quote:* “There are economists who have put forth data that shows that for every dollar spent on investigative reporting, it yields $125 in societal good. It’s just that it takes a lot of time and money up front before you get that payoff.”

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Show Links

Investigate West website

Investigate West Twitter

Allison Augustyn Twitter

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