Todd Epp mentions a new statewide news service in the chute:
Former Argus Leader editor Jack Marsh is working with other Argus alums on South Dakota News Watch.
He’s hoping to bring more “sophisticated” news coverage to the state.
“This is a whole new approach to journalism,” Marsh said. “It’s being used very effectively all around the country. The best known of these non-profit, independent news organizations is Pro Publica” [Todd Epp, “Bringing More ‘Sophisticated’ News Coverage to S.D.,” KELO Radio, 2017.08.23].
ProPublica for South Dakota? That would be great! We have only two reporters—Bob Mercer for a group of South Dakota newspapers, James Nord for AP—working full-time in Pierre to cover state government.
Last November, Marsh filed incorporation papers that give this mission statement for his journalism project:
The corporation, dedicated to the betterment of society through a well-informed citizenry, will produce investigative and public-service journalism that sheds light on the people, communities, institutions, governments, issues, concerns, health and general welfare of South Dakota [South Dakota News Watch, articles of incorporation, filed 2017.11.15].