Edward Wasserman, a journalism professor, wrote a column for the Miami Herald in which he called for the end of beat reporting, because the beat structure asks reporters to make compromises to avoid conflicts with the sources they groom. In this On The Media interview, he says
I think that reporters should be asked routinely, what is the best story you know about that you can’t write, and tell me why you’re not writing it.
The two best things I can’t write about:
1. Last April, there was an accident in a UT-Austin lab involving an influenza virus, which UT has been covering up, according to the Sunshine Project.
2. In the 1980s or 90s, a biography of Harry Ransom was commissioned by the UT Regents but found unacceptable for publication. The manuscript left with the author, a former English professor, for a job in another Southern state.