The "Spotlight" team

How we’ve changed since “Spotlight”

Spotlight reminds us how far journalism has come and continues to evolve. “Journalist” was dead last in a ranking of the top 200 jobs in 2015, citing the continued squeeze on newsrooms that stems from the lost advertising revenue that once funded them.


How the newspapers will die

In just the last 12 months, one in every 10 journalists at a daily newspaper in the U.S. lost his or her job, or left voluntarily and was not replaced.


Non-answers from the Marine Stewardship Council

Lee van der Voo’s story last week on how a supposedly sustainable fishery is harming Native Alaskans is still lighting up social media. This month in SIDEBAR, an exclusive monthly dispatch from inside our newsroom just for InvestigateWest members, Robert McClure shares how a spokesperson for the Marine Stewardship Council ducked, dipped and dived around our questions about seafood sustainability. “But the Filet-O-Fish is the only thing I ever order at McDonalds!”

I’m pretty sure my wife Sally wasn’t the only one to express this sentiment when she read Lee van der Voo’s terrifically reported news analysis of a little-covered fight between Alaska Natives and a corporate-owned, Seattle-based fleet of trawlers that pulls in America’s single largest catch of fish. InvestigateWest called the story “A supposedly sustainable fishery is harming Native Alaskans.” That “sustainable” label comes from the Marine Stewardship Council, a London-based group whose U.S. office is in Seattle. We’ll get back to the MSC and how it justifies the label shortly.

Our Sixth Anniversary Celebration — You’re invited!

Every year we invite the community to join us in support of the present and future of investigative journalism in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s celebration — marking six years of stories from the InvestigateWest newsroom — will be held on June 25, starting at 5:30 p.m.

It’s always a good time. Save the date and watch for more details in the coming weeks. We hope you can join us! Please email Robert McClure at if you would like to contribute an item for our silent auction.