‘We need a Bezos in Hartford.’

Michael Kirk has watched the Hartford Courant wither for years.  When Kirk worked in Washington, D.C., more than 20 years ago, he remembered several Courant reporters covering Connecticut’s lawmakers from the nation’s capital. Less than a decade later, management at Tribune, Courant’s parent company, closed that bureau.  Today, Alden Global Capital owns Tribune, putting the …

Listening to life

Chicago Public Media Associate Editor Margot Susca’s favorite podcast remains This American Life, which in 2020 was the first-ever radio program to win a Pulitzer Prize. The site describes its history and influence this way: “Back in 1999, the American Journalism Review declared that the program was ‘in the vanguard of a journalistic revolution’ and …

Tweeting into the void

Nearly 70% of journalists say Twitter is the platform that tops their list for work-related tasks, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. But most Americans prefer Facebook for their news fix.

Gen Z willing to pay for news … sometimes

Current and former newspaper customers cite a variety of reasons for abandoning, continuing or starting paid subscriptions. But for younger readers, the Black Lives Matter movement’s resurgence was pivotal, and their paying behavior is yet another sign that for Gen Z, digital-first means digital-only.  With my American University colleague Sherri Williams, an expert on race …

Film fest returns to in-person events

The best investigations are no longer conveyed in newsprint alone. Industry innovators are experimenting with newer media — from podcasts to graphics to films — to convey the gravity of their work in creative formats.  The Double Exposure Film Festival, co-sponsored annually by IRW, is just that: a collaboration between journalists and documentarians, culminating in …

Welcoming international journalists

The Investigative Reporting Workshop welcomed journalists from around the globe at last week’s Investigative Reporters & Editors annual conference, co-sponsoring a luncheon for international journalists.  The Friday lunch, co-sponsored by IRW and the Global Investigative Journalism Network, brought together journalists from nearly 30 countries, said Stephanie Klimstra, IRE’s director of events. More than 60 people …

TAP data helped reveal WhatsApp story

Records from IRW’s Accountability Project led reporters from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency down an investigative rabbit-hole, enabling them to elucidate the finances of Jan Koum. Koum, the famously reclusive WhatsApp founder, has “quietly become one of the largest donors to Jewish causes in the world,” JTA reporter Asaf Shalev found in a data-driven investigation. Koum, a Ukrainian-born Jew who …

Career satisfaction high among journalists, but industry-wide concerns remain

Most of the 12,000 surveyed U.S.-based journalists are happy with their jobs. But worries about misinformation, partisanship and online harassment remain, according to a recent survey. Most journalists are happy with their jobs. But the majority of U.S.-based journalists also recognize the wide-ranging challenges facing the press, from the proliferation of misinformation to the lack …

Young journalists take next steps

A Pulitzer: The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, “For its compellingly told and vividly presented account of the assault on Washington on January 6, 2021, providing the public with a thorough and unflinching understanding of one of the nation’s darkest days.“ Graduate students working in The Washington Post practicum under John Sullivan, a …

Washington Post wins Pulitzer for Public Service

The Washington Post received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service May 9 for its “compellingly told and vividly presented account of the assault on Washington on January 6, 2021, providing the public with a thorough and unflinching understanding of one of the nation’s darkest days.“ The winning submission included “The Attack,” about what happened before, …