I have to admit I don’t know exactly what I could do to help the Janesvill story. NPR and The Washington Post both go back and quote original sources (speeches), and they both refer back to local papers tracking the plant closings (where the trouble seems to occur), very well.
The Gazette Extra published pictures of the plant’s closing in December 2008, and while Obama could have possibly helped out, as the last day of production was in 2009, I think you’d need to bring in some “experts” on plant closings and legalities of winding a factory down …some voice of authority/scholarly knowledge perhaps? I realize journalists can gather facts (can they?) and research documents well, but they aren’t always the most knowledgeable people around on specificities, so perhaps that’s where interviews come in handy…I didn’t see much of that in these articles.