Thanks to Al Tompkins the AJR study on the decline of watchdog journalism is getting wider distribution.
In Washington, the DC SPJ chapter encourages and rewards watchdog journalism. Each year we present the $1,000 Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award. This year the award went to John Pekkanen of Washingtonian for "Call 911!"
The award goes to a journalist "whose work best exemplifies journalism aimed at protecting the public from abuses by those who would betray the public trust."