The archive of prior relevant reporting is now so large and far-flung that more and more articles are frustratingly incomplete – but curatorial journalism can fill the gaps
The ongoing federal investigation into collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is the most complex, far-ranging criminal investigation of our lifetimes. The story of Trump-Russia collusion crosses so many continents, decades and areas of expertise – and has swept into its net so many hundreds of public officials and private citizens from nations around the world – that it can be difficult to understand any one piece of reporting on the scandal without having access to the context provided by several dozen others.
Curatorial journalists find the gaps and blindspots in scattershot or even excellent reporting and then fill them in with reliable, germane reporting from other sources.
Seth Abramson is an assistant professor of communication arts and sciences at University of New Hampshire and the author of 10 books, most recently Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America (Simon & Schuster, 2018). A graduate of Harvard Law School, he worked for many years as a public defender in New Hampshire and Massachusetts