Posted: Nov. 12, 2015 | Tags: whistleblowers
Can whistleblowers safely express concerns about their agency within internal channels? Do a whistleblower’s motives matter? Should the press focus on the leaker when reporting stories about the information they revealed?
Edward Snowden — famous for his NSA data leaks — New York Times reporter James Risen and whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack tried to answer these questions using their own experiences at a Newseum forum Tuesday.
“For all the whistleblowers I’ve worked with, for them, the press is the last resort,” Risen said. “They’ve tried and almost never found any real result from that internal system.”
Earlier this fall, I was invited to attend an extraordinary meeting at the White House. “Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People” was the coming together of an effort that has been percolating in the federal government for the past couple of years, to engage more citizens in creating and using government data through citizen science and crowdsourcing.
The forum, which drew participants from all over the United States, explored ways to enable ordinary citizens everywhere to collect, analyze and contribute data to government agencies and access it, to help spot problems and devise ...
Illustration by Lesia Olesnyckyj
One of the things we do at the Investigative Reporting Workshop is explore how different academic disciplines can enrich and inform investigative journalism. A talk this week on seafood fraud sponsored by AU’s interdisciplinary ECOllaborative provides a case in point.
Kimberly A. Warner, senior scientist for the ocean conservation group Oceana, described her organization’s efforts to combat widespread global seafood fraud. The United States imports 94 percent of its seafood. Oceana scientists have discovered that much of it is mislabeled. Thanks to advances in DNA testing over the last several years, scientists like Warner ...
Posted: Oct. 21, 2015 | Tags: documentary
Photo from "120 Days"
Miguel Cortes hugs his wife and daughter as they face the choice to separate the family or become fugitives.
The documentary "120 Days" turns a spotlight on the story of the Cortes family while the father, Miguel, decides whether to voluntarily return to Mexico — with a court's offer that he has 120 days to get his affairs in order — or face deportation and the splitting apart of his family.
Introducing the lesser-known side of the immigration discussion is important, says director Ted Roach, who will be on hand for questions following the screening of "120 ...
Posted: Oct. 19, 2015 | Tags: religion
More than 8,000 gathered for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, which ended Monday in Salt Lake City. This is the first parliament since 2009 and the first in the United States since 1993. The international organization is dedicated to promoting interfaith dialogue and action for the betterment of global society. Workshop intern Ashley Campbell, a former employee of the organization, is now studying journalism at the School of Communication and filed this blog post.
SALT LAKE CITY — Can social media be used to combat hate speech — or does it foster it?
That was the question this weekend ...
Posted: Oct. 19, 2015 | Tags: journalism
Although I have been to journalism conferences before, the Online News Association (ONA) was unique. I admit I knew very little about ONA before applying and being accepted as a fellow from one of the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Glynn Hill, an amazing reporter from my school, Howard University, was a fellowship recipient the year before, so I knew it would be a great opportunity. Plus it was in Los Angeles, and I had never been anywhere west of my native Texas.
One of the more positive aspects of working in the student newsroom at ONA ...
Posted: Oct. 14, 2015 | Tags: whistleblowers
The first Investigative Film Festival in Washington highlighted a showing of "1971," a movie about the break-in more than 40 years ago of an FBI office in Pennsylvania, which led to leaks that exposed the agency's surveillance of ordinary citizens. That burglary echoed the recent release by Edward Snowden of the NSA's secret surveillance of U.S. citizens.
On March 8, 1971, eight anti-war activists burglarized an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. Documents stolen from the office exposed a secret counterintelligence program — COINTELPRO — which, among other things, gave federal agents the authority to conduct domestic surveillance on U ...
Posted: Oct. 12, 2015 | Tags: journalism
The Ninth Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which brought together about 900 journalists from more than 120 countries, ended this weekend. While the gathering had the largest representation by countries, its importance will be measured by what happens afterward.
Here are a few observations from my time at the conference in Lillehammer, Norway:
• It opened with a declaration regarding press freedom that was approved by near unanimous acclamation. It calls for governments and other authorities around the world to protect journalists doing their work. Look at the numbers of journalists recently killed or jailed for simply reporting the news. Investigative and ...
Posted: Oct. 12, 2015 | Tags: journalism
The 2015 Global Shining Light winners were named Saturday at the 9th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in in Lillehammer, Norway. The co-winners, Unholy Alliances and Empire of Ashes, were selected out of 76 submissions from 34 countries.
Unholy Alliances exposed corruption surrounding Montenegro’s Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and his ties with organized crime. It was produced by The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a not-for-profit, joint program of a number of regional nonprofit investigative centers and for profit independent media stretching from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.
Empire of Ashes investigated for five months how illegal ...
Posted: Oct. 6, 2015 | Tags: journalism
More than 1,000 journalists from 120 countries are expected to attend the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer, Norway, from Oct. 7-11, including the Workshop's Chuck Lewis and David Donald, who will moderate panels and teach.
Lewis will present an academic paper, "Accountability Information Across Borders," and speak on and moderate two panels: Sustaining High Quality Journalism and Studies of Cross-Border Investigations. He also will interview many veteran journalists from throughout the world as part of his research for his Visiting Fellowship at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
Lewis founded the Center for ...