A panel of journalists discusses the benefits of collaboration in investigative journalism. They discuss their experiences collaborating with other news organizations, and explore what makes a partnership work, and what can potentially kill a working relationship.
This panel features Mark Katches (Center for Investigative Reporting), Susanne Reber (NPR), Paul Steiger (ProPublica), Linda Winslow (PBS NewsHour) and Ann Derry (The New York Times. The panel is moderated by David Boardman of The Seattle Times.
David Boardman is Executive Editor of The Seattle Times and its Web site, seattletimes.com. He has worked at The Times since 1983 in various positions, with a focus on investigative journalism. He has directed three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects and 10 Pulitzer finalists. Boardman is vice president of the American Society of News Editors and a member of the boards of the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Eastern European Organized Crime and Reporting Project. He is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the Advisory Board of ProPublica, and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a former two-time president of Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.
Ann Derry is Editorial Director for Video and Television at The New York Times. She oversees web video and television programming for The Times. She also developed the web video unit in the Times newsroom as well as the documentary television unit at NYTimes Television. She serves as executive producer for all Times doc programs.
Mark Katches is the editorial director for California Watch.
Previously, Katches built and ran investigative teams at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Orange County Register. He was the primary editor of Pulitzer Prize-winning projects in both 2008 and 2010 and has edited or managed three other stories that have been Pulitzer finalists since 2004. Projects he has edited have also won two George Polk Awards and two Scripps-Howard National Journalism Awards as well the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Sigma Delta Chi Award and the National Headliner Award. In 2001, he was part of a reporting team that won the Gerald Loeb and IRE awards for a series of stories detailing the rising profits from the human tissue trade.
A former adjunct professor at USC, Katches served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and still oversees the IRE mentorship program. Katches also serves on the advisory board of the Texas Tribune.
Susanne Reber is the director of digital media for The Center for Investigative Reporting. She leads CIR’s video, web and multimedia reporting and production unit and also helps direct many of CIR’s national and international investigations. She is the co-creator and co-executive producer of “Reveal” a brand new public radio program showcasing investigative reporting from CIR and PRX.
Paul Steiger is the editor-in-chief, president and chief executive of ProPublica.
Mr. Steiger is also the chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to promote press freedom by working for the rights of journalists world-wide. He is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, based in Miami, which supports transformative programs in areas including journalism and community development.
Mr. Steiger began his journalism career in 1966 as a reporter in the San Francisco bureau of The Wall Street Journal. In 1968, he moved to the Los Angeles Times as a staff writer and, in 1971, he transferred to that paper's Washington, D.C., bureau as an economics correspondent. He returned to Los Angeles in 1978 to serve as the Times' business editor. In 1983, Mr. Steiger rejoined the Journal as an assistant managing editor in New York and became deputy managing editor in 1985. He was appointed managing editor in 1991 and served in that role until May 2007. Under his leadership, The Wall Street Journal's reporters and editors won 16 Pulitzer Prizes. He served as editor-at-large of the Journal through year end 2007, when he assumed his present position.
Linda Winslow was named the executive producer of the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" in November 2005. A key member of the NewsHour management team, Winslow's association with Jim Lehrer and Robin MacNeil dates back to her role as producer for the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT). She produced their seminal Watergate coverage in 1973, and also produced PBS's live coverage of the House Judiciary Committee's Presidential Impeachment hearings, which was anchored by Jim. Winslow was one of the original producers of the half-hour MacNeil/Lehrer Report from 1975 to 1978, and she rejoined the program as the deputy executive producer in 1983 to facilitate its transition to a one-hour format.
From 1978 to 1983, Winslow was vice president in charge of news and public affairs for WETA-26/Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for PBS coverage of Washington's major news events, as well as for the weekly series "Washington Week in Review" and "The Lawmakers."
Winslow graduated with high honors in English from Michigan State University and received her Master of Science degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Paul Steiger, Editor-in-Chief of ProPublica, recalls his organization's collaboration with Ira Glass on an episode of "This American Life" about a company that made money worsening the financial crisis.
The Chicago Public Radio program generated interest in ProPublica's text story, while ProPublica provided the radio audience with a deeper exploration of the topic.