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What is Watchdog.org?

Watchdog.org is a network of journalists reporting on state and local governments.  Watchdog.org is our central hub, where we highlight stories from reporters who operate state-based Watchdog.org sites.

What news do you cover?

We report on activities of state and local public officials, public programs and the use of taxpayer money that supports them.  If government is involved, we’re interested.  Because a healthy democracy requires informed citizens, we’re providing you information you need to hold government accountable.

Who are your reporters?

Our reporters are Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents and unaffiliated, just like at any other news organization.  While we won’t promote one party over another, we do hold some common beliefs:  Government must be transparent, open and honest.  Meetings, records, contracts, budgets, audits, receipts, campaign reports and other public documents should be easily and affordably accessible by the People.

Do you have ethical and stylistic standards?

Franklin Center editors, reporters and staff are guided by Associated Press standards and the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.  Many of our network’s reporters work at non-profits in individual states. The state-based non-profit reporters and all Watchdog.org reporters retain sole responsibility for the information that appears on their Watchdog.org sites.

What is “WatchdogLabs?”

WatchdogLabs.org is a site about computer-assisted reporting and computational journalism.

Articles on WatchdogLabs.org will be technical in nature and aimed at helping journalists analyze data to be part of the story they tell.  Many articles will show a “how to” approach to get others started in analyzing similar datasets.

A wide variety of topics will be explored including  mathematics, statistics, graphics & visualization, databases, files, computer programming.

Who’s behind this thing anyway?

The Watchdog.org sites are a project of Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting investigative journalism by utilizing new media technology.

How do I join or contact the Watchdog.org network?

Journalists or organizations interested in joining the Watchdog.org network, please contact us.


  • joga

    Who’s behind this thing anyway?

  • Ms2it

    I am interested in joining Watchdog.org..I love to write & love politics..

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