How accountable are public bodies when questioned?
Accountability, transparency, openness. They are all values that most of us would hope public bodies would aspire to.
Yet in the world of "reputation management", PR and dare we mention the word "spin", I have anecdotally noticed over the years a growing reluctance by many organisations to put themselves forward for interview.
As we all pay their wages it's not unreasonable for them to be held to account.
Holding to account
The starkest example of this reluctance to speak on camera came a few weeks ago when we looked at the website Real Whitby where citizen journalists have been publishing stories about the local councils and individuals.
Critics say it's scurrilous rumour and hearsay without any real evidence, others champion its courage for trying to expose the alleged goings-on in the corridors of power.
Durham chief constable advocates free heroin for users
The suggestion that the government should be giving drug addicts free heroin is controversial enough.
The fact it's being made by a serving chief constable is remarkable and guarantees the idea can't simply be dismissed.
A child's eye account of Hartlepool's WW1 bombardment
The war was supposed to be over by Christmas, yet less than 10 days before that deadline Hartlepool woke up to German shells destroying their homes.
The terror that coursed through the streets caused panic. The townsfolk loaded up prams with their babies, grabbed whatever provisions they could, and fled into the countryside.
Your ideas wanted to revive Dunston Staithes
You can't miss the Dunston Coal Staithes. Iconic, massive and in need of tender loving care.
It dominates the horizon along the banks of the Tyne, a powerful symbol of the region's industrial might.
Cumbria's ex Chief Constable wants justice after probe
Behind the smiles there is a lot of resentment.
When I met Stuart Hyde to talk about his rise and fall at Cumbria Police he was measured in his responses but his wife Caroline, unfettered by loyalty to the uniform, was damning in how she feels they were treated.
New police approach to support prison abuse victims
When the government of the day introduced the "short, sharp, shock" regime to youth detention centres, the then Home Secretary Willie Whitelaw said this: "These will be no holiday camps and I sincerely hope those that attend them will not ever want to go back there."
He could not have known how true that would be, but for very different reasons.
Understanding who qualifies for help with fuel bills
With the way fuel bills are these days there can't be many of us who don't think twice about switching the heating on as temperatures drop.
Memories of a novice journalist from the miners' strike
It's hard for the twenty-somethings of today to understand just what living in Britain felt like back in the 1980s.
Industrial relations then and now bear no relation to each other.
Woman's horror of falling overboard into North Sea
Jeni Anderson has been through an experience few of us can truly understand.
She is a reluctant member of a club with hardly any members. Those that have fallen overboard and survived.
Ill-fated history of Britain's first private airship
It was ahead of its time and ultimately it would end in failure, but you certainly can't fault the ambitions of the Airship Development Company.
On Inside Out you'll see how from its base at Cramlington in Northumberland, it hoped to conquer the whole of 1930s Britain with a new concept - aerial advertising by airship.