Hearst team undertakes health investigation

Editor & Publisher’s Joe Strupp reports that journalists with Hearst Corporation are working on a company-wide investigation into an “unidentified health issue,” led by editor-at-large Phil Bronstein.

While Bronstein declined to say when the project would be published, Rex Smith, editor of the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., told Strupp that “a July 26 target date had been set.”

Journalists from eight of the chain’s newspapers are working on the project, including some who are working on a Web component.

Bronstein, who holds the title of Hearst editor-at-large, said more such investigations are likely, including the possibility of bringing in outside investigative organizations: “It is a much more efficient way to start something, from the grassroots rather than top-down. You get people who have different expertise.”

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