"When public data is actually public, the investigative side of being an investigative journalist gets a lot easier, or at least it gets more easily crowdsourced by a large group of amateurs and hobbyists who want to help out."
True, but that doesn’t diminish the value of the investigative journalist. Crowd sourcing sometimes helps, sometimes not. I have been thinking that crowd sourcing is over-rated. Maybe I’m stating that too harshly. Better: It is not consistently useful.
Good journalists shine through
I’m not biased, as I am not a journalist. I’m just rather yacky-locquacious.