Welcome to The Scoop, The Hartford Courant’s new blog for investigative and in-depth reporting.
We’ll use this space to showcase and expand on the Courant’s unmatched watchdog journalism, with exclusive reports on politics, law enforcement, education, health and safety, the business world and other areas that affect our readers. If it’s worth digging into, you’ll find it here.
As part of the expansion, we’ll be sharpening our focus on regulatory agencies and putting a spotlight on issues of transparency and freedom of information. We’ll tell you about conflicts of interest, from government contracting to medical research.
You’ll also find more data journalism here, as we crunch the numbers that make a difference in your life. And we’ll promote exceptional investigative work from around Connecticut and around the country.
Once or twice a month we’ll also break down the finances of a non-profit organization in Connecticut (or in the news), giving readers and donors a better sense of where the money comes from and where it’s going. We’re also resurrecting “Claim Check,” a feature we used to fact-check political ads during the 2010 gubernatorial and Congressional races, although we plan to expand beyond political ads to vet a variety of claims.
For both features, suggestions are always welcome. In fact, we want to hear from you all the time. For confidential tips, comments or questions, click here, or use the links up at the top and on the right side of the page. And we love documents. Have documents you’d like us to see? Toss them over our electronic transom by clicking on those same links. You can also contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.