The Pulitzer Prizes for journalism were awarded Monday, many of them for investigative stories that required a lot of digging.
But with newspapers shutting down or laying off reporters all over the country, public service reporting is likely to become a scarcer commodity.
ProPublica is attempting to fill that gap. It's an investigative reporting Web site, staffed by professional journalists and funded by foundations, grants and donations. The nonprofit site allows any newspaper or Web site to reprint its stories for free, as long as credit is given (see the site for the full terms.)
A recent story: The Bush Administration decided that abuse of prisoners wasn't torture, so long as a doctor was present.
If you care about what the government is doing (or not doing), check out the site.