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The Garrison Project is a different kind of digital news organization that produces local news stories about criminal justice issues across different locations. It has published a total of 48 stories in a little over two years. It doesn't sell ads or subscriptions. Instead, its focus is on investigative reporting and analysis. The founder of The Garrison Project, Ethan Brown, prefers to focus on the journalism rather than on the difficulties of building an audience or running the entire journalism assembly line.
"Building an audience to a specific site is incredibly hard. That doesn't mean I don't want to do hard things - I do. But I'd much rather be doing hard things in the stories, in the journalism, you know what I mean?"
The most obvious comparison for The Garrison Project is The Marshall Project. Both cover similar subject matter related to criminal justice issues. However, there are important differences. The Marshall Project focuses on creating a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system and aims to have an impact through journalism. On the other hand, The Garrison Project focuses on addressing the crisis of mass incarceration, policing, and criminalization through investigative reporting and analysis.
The Marshall Project "seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system [and] have an impact on the system through journalism, rendering it more fair, effective, transparent and humane." The Garrison Project "addresses the crisis of mass incarceration, policing, and criminalization through investigative reporting and analysis."
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