This actually sounds pretty cool:
Once a file is submitted, the newspaper will receive an email, alerting them to the tip. The newspaper then needs to reply that it’s interested. Then a temporary secure file transfer is established. This last step isn’t automated yet, according to Matthew Terenzio, Web Development Director at The Hour Publishing Co and one of the members of this project. The best way to do so, he says, would be to have the encryption software – the open source GnuPG in this case – set up on the newspaper’s end. “It is unlikely that most would have it yet,” says Terenzio, who says he’s working on helping some newspapers set up their own drop-boxes to avoid this step.
I think most local newspapers just had the crap scared out of them by that last step. It’s not excusable, but higher-end technical know-how like that doesn’t exist at a lot of small papers, and in some cases, it’s a huge barrier to entry.
Just thinking realistically.