Investigative Reporting on the Web panel featuring panelists Jonathan Landman, The New York Times; Sharon Tiller, Frontline/WORLD; Paul Grabowicz, UC Berkeley; Jeff Leen, The Washington Post; Stephen Talbot Moderated.
This event was a part of a conference entitled The Crisis in News: Is There a Future for Investigative Journalism? sponsored by the Investigative Reporting Program, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California Berkeley.
Paul Grabowicz directs the New Media Program at the Graduate School of Journalism and teaches classes in multimedia reporting, new media publishing and computer assisted reporting.
He is co-author of California Inc., a book about how the entrepreneurial spirit shaped the politics, culture and economy of California, and has been a contributor to the E-Media Tidbits group Weblog on online publishing.
A professional journalist for more than 25 years, he spent most of his career as the investigative reporter at The Oakland Tribune. He also served as night city editor and acting city editor and developed an early prototype of a Web site for the paper (it was rejected).
A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, he began his journalism career in 1973 working for local papers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Bay Guardian. He has written for publications such as the Washington Post, Esquire magazine, The Village Voice and Newsday.
In 1995 he began setting up the New Media Program at the Graduate School of Journalism. That same year he launched J-JOBS, a journalism jobs digest distributed on the Internet, which evolved into the J-JOBS online journalism job bank. He also was involved in creating a Multimedia Reporting & Convergence resources site and the CAL-FOI First Amendment archive, both at the Graduate School of Journalism's Web site. He also runs an e-mail discussion list on freedom-of-information issues.
Jonathan Landman is The Times's deputy managing editor for digital journalism. In 19 years at The Times he has been assistant managing editor, culture editor, metro editor, Week in Review editor, deputy Washington editor and copy editor (among other jobs). Before that, he was a reporter at Newsday and The Chicago Sun-Times.
Jeff Leen is the assistant managing editor in charge of The Washington Post’s investigations unit, which he originally joined as a reporter in 1997. Previously he worked for 10 years as an investigative reporter at the Miami Herald, where he specialized in covering the cocaine trade and co-authored “Kings of Cocaine,” the first book-length investigation of Columbia”s Medellin Cartel.
As a reporter or an editor, Jeff has worked on investigations that have been honored with six Pulitzer Prizes: Hurricane Andrew’s impact on South Florida, police shootings in the District, abuse in D.C. group homes, deaths among children monitored by D.C. social services, the Sept. 11 plot and the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Four other investigations have been Pulitzer finalists, including examinations of the Nature Conservancy, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and farm subsidies.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Since joining FRONTLINE in 1995, Sharon Tiller has overseen and helped shape numerous programs for the series, including the critically acclaimed four-part special Drug Wars (2000). Other projects include: So You Want to Buy a President (1996), Why America Hates the Press (1996), Modern Meat (2002), Secrets of the SAT (1999), Blackout (2001) and News War (2007). In 1997, she helped establish the "FRONTLINE West" project at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where producers-in-residence work with graduates of the documentary program on a number of FRONTLINE and FRONTLINE/World projects each academic year.
In 2001, Tiller and executive producer David Fanning jointly created an international news magazine series FRONTLINE/World, now in its seventh season, which features the work of a new generation of video journalists. As series executive director, she has helped develop more than 120 broadcast and Web stories from 60 countries.
Before joining FRONTLINE, Tiller was the executive director for the San Francisco-based Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), where in 1989 she launched an independent documentary unit. As CIR's executive producer, she developed seven investigative documentaries for FRONTLINE: Global Dumping Ground with Bill Moyers (1990), The Great American Bailout (1991), The Best Campaign Money Can Buy (1992), Your Loan Is Denied (1992), The Politics of Power (1992), Public Lands, Private Profits (1994) and School Colors (1994).
Tiller has received three duPont-Columbia University Broadcast Journalism Awards, three national Emmys, a George Polk Award for National Television Reporting, a World Affairs Council Award of Excellence for International Reporting, two National Education Writers' First Prizes for Documentary Television, the George Foster Peabody Award for Drug Wars, as well as the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow Award for the 2004 season of FRONTLINE/World.