How collaborating with scientists could help investigative reporting

At The Chicago Tribune, investigative reporters are collaborating with scientists to cover in-depth scientific and medical stories, a model that the Tribune’s Sam Roe writes could be replicated elsewhere. Instead of covering what the scientists were doing, the Tribune brought them into the reporting process, making the story an “important part of the scientific effort.” Roe writes: “There is already ‘solutions journalism,’ in which reporters write detailed explanatory pieces about social problems and how to fix them. Could we take this one step further? Could we collaborate with experts to find answers, make discoveries and invent new things?