In a move that would have Woodward and Bernstein squirming at their typewriters, the San Francisco Chronicle does not intend to replace their last investigative reporter, according to a report in the BayNewser today.
Lance Williams resigned from the paper last week to pursue investigative journalism at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, according to a report in SFWeekly. He gave this as explanation:
I worked on investigative teams for a long time. Now I’m going back to one.
As staff cuts rip newsrooms apart and strip them bare of quality reporters, is it a surprise that journalists might leave a depleted paper because they are lonely?
And with “I-teams” some of the first staff divisions to be completely scrapped — can’t culture reporters just moonlight as investigators and dig up the dirt for these stories? — newspapers are shattering their journalistic integrity as they try to do more with less.