Need some background research for a complicated energy policy story? Or a good idea for your niche publication to demonstrate its value for readers?
Take a tip from the National Journal, which launched a the Document Library this week — free and unlimited to members and subscribers, free and limited for non-members — full of docs, white papers, reports, and more. From the release:
The new National Journal Document Library is a growing collection of research reports, testimonies, white papers, and press releases updated in near real-time from the websites of hundreds of sources that include global government agencies, think tanks, trade associations, and academic and corporate institutions.
As mentioned, member and subscribers can access the Library directly here. Non-members can access a limited version of the Library thru the policy verticals: Energy, Healthcare, Tech and Defense. It’s not obvious — you have to scroll down the homepage of the section and you’ll see it next to the Twitter feed.
The library is interesting to me not just because it’s another resource, but because it’s another example of a publication making it clear that journalism isn’t just about reporting, it’s about researching. We all knew that, but it’s starting to be important to make that a key component of the business model. This is what First Look Media’s targeted ‘digital magazines’ are about, and in the same vein of what Ezra Klein is talking about with Project X — being not just about reporting the news but serving as a resource for the public. It’s about getting to the root of ‘journalism as public service.’
No better, or simpler, way to inform and educate than taking advantage of technology and making it free, to boot.