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Introducing Hi-Res, an investigative reporting division

Hi-Res will take a deeper dive into stories of the internet's main characters and trends that keep you coming back for more.


Claire Goforth

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 14, 2023   Updated on Jul 18, 2023, 7:28 am CDT

This announcement first appeared in web_crawlr, the Daily Dot’s newsletter. If you want to be the first to know things like this (plus get a daily inside scoop on internet culture) you can subscribe to the newsletter here.

Greetings, readers! We’re interrupting our regularly scheduled installment of Dirty Delete for some exciting news.

If you’re reading this, you already know that the Daily Dot is on the cutting edge of online journalism. Whether it’s a restaurant hack that you should (or shouldn’t) use, a creator going viral for all the right (or wrong) reasons, or what hackers, extremists, and politicians are getting up (or down) to online, you read it here first.

Now we’re taking it to the next level.

The Daily Dot is launching an investigative reporting unit: Hi-Res.

Hi-Res will take a deeper dive into stories of the internet’s main characters and trends that keep you coming back for more. It is my honor and pleasure to helm this initiative.

We’ve all heard the stories about peril in the media. Scarcely a day passes without tales of local news’ demise (support local media, fam!), VC bros and corporate interests gobbling up outlets and stripping them for parts (read: money), and layoff after layoff after layoff.

This has allowed agenda-driven propaganda masquerading as journalism to proliferate. Much of it benefits the rich and powerful or serves endless doses of the sweet poison of confirmation bias.

It’s also enabled this scrappy shop to create a nimble powerhouse of a newsroom that keeps you informed, intrigued, and entertained. Last year, the Daily Dot became the fastest growing online outlet in America.

We owe it all to you. From myself and the entire team: thank you, thank you, thank you.

Today, we’re investing in our continued success by launching Hi-Res. The Hi-Res investigative reporting division will weave research, records, and on-the-ground reporting to reveal how online culture spills into the real world and back again.

With Hi-Res, we’re kicking our in-depth coverage into high gear.

We are going to need your help, though. Continue reading our stories, following us on social media, and smashing that like, share, and comment button. And keep subscribing to this newsletter (P.S. there are prizes).

We also need your story tips and ideas.

Maybe you read something that warrants a closer look. Maybe you know where Big Brother is keeping records it doesn’t want people to see. Maybe you have a fresh perspective about a creator, extremist group, or slimy politician. I want to hear all about it.

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*First Published: Jul 14, 2023, 6:00 am CDT