Media organizations may be able to perform their watchdog roles more effectively working together than apart. That is one conclusion in a new paper, “Partners of Necessity: The Case for Collaboration in Local Investigative Reporting,” authored by Sandy Rowe, former editor of Portland’s The Oregonian. The paper is based on interviews and research that Rowe conducted while serving as a Knight Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.Rowe’s research examines the theory underpinning collaborative work and shows emerging models of collaboration that can lead to more robust investigative and accountability reporting in local and regional markets.“Growing evidence suggests that collaborations and partnerships between new and established news organizations, universities and foundations may be the overlooked key for investigative journalism to thrive at the local and state levels,” Rowe writes. “These partnerships, variously and often loosely organized, can share responsibility for content creation, generate wider distribution of stories and spread the substantial cost of accountability journalism.”Rowe was editor of The Oregonian from 1993 until January 2010. Under her leadership, the newspaper won five Pulitzer Prizes including the Gold Medal for Public Service. Rowe chairs the Board of Visitors of The Knight Fellowships at Stanford University and is a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists. From 1984 until April 1993, Rowe was executive editor and vice president of The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot won the Pulitzer Prize for general news reporting under her leadership. Rowe’s year-long fellowship at the Shorenstein Center was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.Read the full paper on the Shorenstein Center’s website. Read Full Story
“Right now, we’ve got no problem celebrating this one,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Every one of these in the postseason are so tough to come by.”All the back-and-forth chatter between the Dodgers and Cardinals over “Mickey Mouse” celebrations and raised arms and ruffled feathers in the Dodgers’ 3-0 victory in Game 3 were but a distant memory as St. Louis out-pitched and out-hit the Dodgers. The Cardinals took a commanding 3-0 lead in the third inning as Matt Carpenter hit a run-scoring double to left off Ricky Nolasco, and Matt Holliday blasted a home run to left field that landed somewhere in Hollywood. The 426-shot was so far even TBS cameras never showed where it landed. Might need a better long-range lens.“I think I hit one here at Dodger Stadium in ‘06,” Holliday said when asked if he’d ever hit one further. “I think they said it went a lot further. I don’t know the number (Tuesday). Have I hit further ones? Maybe, but not in that situation.”The situation was that the Cardinals lost all that swagger from their 2-0 lead NCLS lead and confidence after having wins with the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke on the mound. Hanley Ramirez playing with his broken rib, and a fantastic pitching performance by Hyun-Jin Ryu snatched that from the Cardinals’ grasp. And with each move St. Louis made on Tuesday, they got those blue towels to stop waving and flustered the stagnant Dodgers offense. The Dodgers got back in the game with a two-run fourth inning after Lance Lynn put runners on first and second with no outs. Then he buzzed Yasiel Puig and said “there was no intent there.” Carlos Beltran criticized Puig’s celebration after a triple in Game 3.The Dodgers scored twice to pull within one, but Lynn got out of that jam by getting Skip Schumaker to ground into a double play and avoid further damage.“I was able to make pitches after that,” Lynn said. “… I was able to get Skip rolling into a double play, and that was big, especially that it was just one out and first and third right there.”St. Louis has taken a stranglehold on the series, and it wasn’t because of Ricky Nolasco, who did an admirable job on two weeks’ rest. Lynn wasn’t Joe Kelly or Michael Wacha, but he was definitely effective. Lynn allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings and got himself out of trouble. St. Louis wasn’t a circus in the outfield Tuesday, and that helped matters. There was a plethora of defensive miscues one day earlier, but double plays and a dagger of a pickoff play in the seventh inning were the norm in Game 4.Reliever Carlos Martinez spun around to catch Nick Punto — who had taken way too generous of a lead off second after a one-out double — and got him. The Dodgers squandered another scoring opportunity. “That was unbelievable,” Matheny said. “That’s instigated by (shortstop Pete) Kozma, so great heads-up play by him. Then it has to be natural instincts and athleticism by Carlos Martinez, and I don’t know many guys that pull that off … Then to have the guts to wheel and let it fly like that in a game like we have right now, it’s off the charts.”Said Martinez, through a translator: “Thank God I was able to focus on that play that allowed me to pick off Punto.”Pinch hitter Shane Robinson homered to left field in the seventh inning off reliever J.P. Howell. “It’s always a tough task, especially for a pinch hitter to come in and hit a home run, that’s huge,” Holliday said. “Especially in that situation. But for Shane being a little guy, he’s got pretty good power. He’s surprisingly got pretty good thump.” Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal did his thing in the ninth to earn the save. He allowed a leadoff single to Andre Ethier, but he got Yaisel Puig to ground into a double play — one that even Puig couldn’t beat out — and struck out Juan Uribe to end the game. The Cardinals send Kelly to the mound today, meaning he could start and end the series with wins over the Dodgers. He is best-known for hitting Hanley Ramirez with a 95-mph fastball that broke a rib and caused him to miss Game 2 and leave Tuesday’s game early.Kelly held the Dodgers to six hits and two runs en route to helping St. Louis to a 3-2 victory in Game 1 that lasted 13 innings. He’ll try to outduel $147 million man Zack Greinke again. If the Cardinals can win today and close out the series, they wouldn’t have to face another start by Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and for St. Louis, that would be critical. Kershaw is scheduled to pitch Game 6 Friday in St. Louis, if it’s necessary. But if the Cardinals finish off the Dodgers in Game 5, that won’t be necessary.You can see why the Cardinals had every reason to celebrate. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Cardinals celebrated on Tuesday, and no Dodger could complain about that. St. Louis did almost everything right in Game 4 of the NLCS, and that gave the Cardinals the right to hoot and holler and overdo celebrations in the dugout as the Cardinals stifled the Dodgers with a 4-2 victory at Dodger Stadium.The Cardinals have a dominant 3-1 series lead and can boot the Dodgers from the playoffs — imagine that celebration — with one more win. The Dodgers irked the Diamondbacks with their party in their pool. The Cardinals might order a portable pool if they were to win today and clinch a World Series berth.