Epstein story shows investigative journalism is thriving

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference, in New York, Monday, July 8, 2019. Feder

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference, in New York, Monday, July 8, 2019. Feder

NEW YORK (AP) — The Miami Herald's stories on sex trafficking charges against billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein illustrate a counter-intuitive trend: Investigative journalism is thriving as the media industry struggles.

New York prosecutor Geoffrey Berman said he was helped by "excellent investigative journalism" when he announced new charges against Epstein on Monday.

Berman was referring to a story in the Miami Herald, which found 60 women who said they had been sexually abused by Epstein when they were minors.

The Herald's story came as news organizations are finding that investigative work helps them stand out and is rewarding in a rough business climate.

Recent examples include stories looking into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, Donald Trump's behavior before and during his presidency and sexual misconduct by public figures.