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The State of Media: Interview with Joaquin Alvarado from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Reporting difficult stories requires journalists to go beyond headlines and sound bites. Unraveling complex issues means taking the time to dig deep--to go beyond the obvious and try to piece together sometimes hidden and conflicting facts to tell as complete a story as possible.

Not all media outlets are geared this way -- the siloing effect of online journalism, the decline of newspapers, and the relentlessness of the 24-hour news cycle have changed the landscape of in-depth and investigative reporting.

In our occasional series looking at the state of Bay Area media, we talked with Joaquin Alvarado -- the Chief Strategy Officer for the Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting -- about why investigative journalism matters. 

JOAQUIN ALVARADO: We have a Millennial Generation that's as diverse as any we've ever had. What are we going to do to not only serve them, but make sure that they work inside of our news organizations?

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview. 

Yesterday, the Center received two prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awardsfor investigative journalism. To learn more about their work, visit them at www.cironline.org.

Ben joined KALW in 2004. As Executive News Editor and then News Director, he helped the news department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He also helped teach hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.