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Sometimes, the best journalism doesn’t start with journalists.
It starts with you.
Throughout the years, the Argus Leader’s watchdog team has taken tips and answered questions from readers that resulted in hard-hitting, transformative stories. In some cases, changes in state laws started with readers.
We’ve held public officials accountable.
We’ve tracked questionable government spending. We’ve tackled crises in mental health and treatment. We’ve explored the state’s failure to offer adequate education to deaf or hard of hearing children for decades.
We uncovered how an elected state’s attorney had been absent from his job for days or even months at a time, which eventually led to his resignation. We’ve shined a light on the state’s unclear definition of “consent” when it comes to sexual assault. We wrote about an insurance company that preyed on the elderly, and we’ve exposed predatory hospital pricing, both of which led to changes in state laws.
Those stories, all of which made South Dakotans wiser and more informed, started with you.
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And now that effort is not limited to just Sioux Falls. We may be the largest newspaper in the state, but our network now includes the Watertown Public Opinion and the Aberdeen American News.
No other news organization in South Dakota has our level of reach, or the ability to let government officials know we’re paying attention, and we’re not afraid to raise the difficult questions taxpayers are asking.
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That’s why we’re launching a new reader-driven initiative: 100 Eyes on South Dakota, based in our namesake and the philosophy of the 100-eyed Greek giant, the Argus – keeping watch from all directions.
Humble enough to own any mistake, we can’t look into every problem. But we can be direct about our efforts to hold public officials accountable and speak truth to power, with your help.
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For example, we generally don’t write about child custody issues or messy divorces. Neighbor disputes and petty squabbles usually don’t rise to the level of being a new story.
But for issues that do, we have an experienced investigative team with expertise in a host of areas. To name a few:
- state and local government
- education and school boards
- criminal and social justice
- college and high school sports
So reach out by dropping us a line in the form below, join the watch and become part of the giant keeping South Dakotans informed to make educated decisions.
Yours might be the next tip that leads to a change in South Dakota.
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