Those meddling kids at newspapers

You may be familiar with Why Editing Matters, the Web site set up last year to illustrate the value of copy editing. Now along comes the equivalent for the investigative journalism done by newspapers.

Those Meddling Kids lists examples of locally focused investigative pieces. The site is the creation of Chris Kewson, executive editor for online news at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Kewson focuses on stories that made a direct impact, and there’s no shortage of them. Like the editing site, Those Meddling Kids encourages submissions from readers.

And yes, the site’s name is inspired by the oft-heard complaint by villains on “Scooby-Doo” and elsewhere: “And I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids!”

UPDATE: Why Editing Matters now redirects to the site of the American Copy Editors Society.