Like the victims it covers, Homicide Watch ended up falling through the cracks. I thought about Homicide Watch when I read Alan D. Mutter’s recent post about the big chunks of financing that are going to tiny experimental outfits named The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. In May, the Ford Foundation gave The Times $1 million over two years to hire five reporters to cover ethnic and prison issues even though the paper is owned by the Tribune Company, which may be in bankruptcy but has amassed nearly $2.4 billion in cash during its three and a half years in court. In July, the foundation awarded The Washington Post $500,000 for government accountability reporting.
Wow, I relate to this with Oakland Local, another underfunded and innovation regional project with national implications.