Panel: The State of Nonprofit Investigative Reporting Journalism School Library, North Gate Hall
"Investigative Shortfall" was an article funded by a grant from the Open Society Institute and discusses the steep decline of those in the field of Investigative Reporting. The article examines the critical watchdog role that investigative reporting plays in our democracy, and how nonprofits are trying to pick up the slack.
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
Florida's first bilingual investigative reporting organization, FCIR is emerging as a leader in investigative news and an innovator in bringing relevant information on government corruption and waste to the state's Spanish-speaking communities.
The 3-day Logan Symposium now in its 5th year, serves a number of key constituencies. Culling together a group of dedicated investigative reporters, academics, philanthropists, media experts and graduate students, the invite only event is an industry must. Once a humble commitment to host an annual lecture in the name of its benefactors, the Logan Symposium quickly rose in popularity as "one of the most influential events of its kind," according to the Seattle Times. Covered and attended by a veritable 'who's who' in investigative reporting, the conference dissects controversial topics in the field, hosts internationally renowned panelists, and examines key factors of change in investigative reporting.
As deputy executive producer for PBS’ flagship public affairs documentary series Frontline, Raney Aronson-Rath guides the editorial development and execution of the series, from primetime television broadcasts to multiplatform initiatives.
Lowell Bergman, Director of the Investigative Reporting Program, is also a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism.
Gary Bostwick is a trial and appellate lawyer in complex business litigation and constitutional law, with recognized expertise in the First Amendment and other media concerns, especially the defense of libel, slander and invasion of privacy, theft of ideas litigation and copyright, fair use and rights of publicity and open access.
Margaret Drain is WGBH's Vice President for National Programming, with responsibility for overseeing WGBH's many celebrated series seen nationally on PBS, including Frontline, Nova, Masterpiece, American Experience, and PBS's most-watched program, Antiques Roadshow. She also supervises WGBH's national lifestyle, health, and performance programming.
Under Drain's leadership, WGBH has won multiple News and Documentary Emmys, duPont-Columbia Awards, and George Foster Peabody Awards for its national programming. Drain began her career at WGBH with American Experience, having served as senior producer from 1987 and as executive producer beginning in 1997.
Before moving to Boston, she was a producer at CBS in New York. Drain is a graduate of Columbia University School of Journalism and has a BA from Marquette University.
Charles Lewis is a professor of journalism and the founding executive editor of the new Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication, in Washington, D.C.
A national investigative journalist since 1977, Lewis is a bestselling author who has founded or co-founded four nonprofit enterprises in Washington, including the Center for Public Integrity. He left a successful career as an investigative producer for ABC News and the CBS News program "60 Minutes" and began the Center for Public Integrity from his home, growing it to a full-time staff of 40 people. Under his leadership, the Center published roughly 300 investigative reports, including 14 books, from 1989 through 2004, honored more than 30 times by national journalism organizations.
Lewis was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998. And in 2004, PEN USA, the respected literary organization, gave its First Amendment award to Lewis, "for expanding the reach of investigative journalism, for his courage in going after a story regardless of whose toes he steps on, and for boldly exercising his freedom of speech and freedom of the press." In 2009, the Encyclopedia of Journalism cited Lewis as "one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S. since World War I."
Robert J. Rosenthal is executive director of The Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning journalist, Rosenthal has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and, most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002, and joined CIR as executive director in 2008.
Calvin Sims focuses on the development of a free and responsible press worldwide. His work helps foster new and innovative models of reporting, disseminating and financing quality news, with a concentration on social justice issues, diversity of voices, standards and ethics, and press freedoms.
Prior to joining the Ford Foundation in 2007, Calvin spent two decades at The New York Times. He was a director, producer and foreign correspondent and played a central role in the newspaper's expansion into television, documentaries and the Web. He anchored the Times's nightly television news program, hosted a weekly podcast on foreign affairs and produced a critically acclaimed documentary for PBS on the rise of radical Islam in Indonesia. As a foreign correspondent, Calvin was based in Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Seoul and Jakarta.
A graduate of Yale University, Calvin has held the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Ferris Professorship of Journalism at Princeton University. He also conducted workshops and cultural exchange programs for journalists in Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan as part of an effort by American University and the U.S. State Department to resolve historical conflicts.
Richard Tofel was the founding general manager of ProPublica from 2007-2012, and became president on January 1, 2013. He has responsibility for all of ProPublica’s non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance and budgeting, and human resources.
Mc Nelly Torres
Mc Nelly Torres is an award-winning investigative journalist based in South Florida and Associate Director and Reporter of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Most recently, Torres was the Stimulus Team Leader for EdMoney.org, a project of the Education Writers Association. Torres has worked in five dailies across the nation. She also writes consumer investigations for ConsumerAffairs.com and she recently collaborated with journalists from El Centro de Periodismo Investigativo de Puerto Rico to investigate the corporation behind a deadly refinery explosion in Puerto Rico on Oct. 23, 2009. She covered education at the San Antonio Express-News in Texas where she wrote about four politically contentious school districts including the largest inner city school system. Her work in San Antonio contributed to the conviction of a school building architect. At the Morning News in South Carolina, she garnered local and state awards for her investigative work on the stateâ€™s hog farm permit filing process. Her work in South Florida as a consumer writer for the Sun-Sentinel led to the conviction of a businessman with a history of defrauding customers, a state probe of a foreclosure-rescue firm and changes in state laws pertaining to foreclosure-rescue business. In 2008, she became the first Latina elected to the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the worldâ€™s leading organization of investigative journalists. Torres has trained hundreds of journalists around the country at workshops sponsored by IRE and other organizations. She holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in journalism from Colorado State University-Pueblo, formerly known as the University of Southern Colorado. A native of Puerto Rico, Torres has lived around the world while following a military husband who retired in 2005.
Richard Tofel of ProPublica, discusses the market failure in sustaining journalism in America. Tofel discusses the future of nonprofit journalism and its dependence on philanthropic support. "Certain kinds of journalism are public goods, they're going to need to be funded as public goods," argues Tofel.