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A Columbia Journalism Review column argues for the resurrection of the cops beat to improve news coverage of law enforcement.
When news was highly profitable, cops reporters spent much of their time in the press rooms at police stations and the local sheriff's offices, digging through arrest reports, scrolling over 911 call logs and chatting up detectives in the name of open government.
Joel Simon, former head of Committee to Protect Journalists, argues that something is lost in the current state of increasing hostilities between the press and cops.
"We can't let the current state of affairs (meaning hostilities between the press and cops) define the way we cover those issues," he said.