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Category Archives: Investigative Journalism

Advocacy and self-interested journalism are inevitable, but what are the consequences?

Just last week I told  the students of my 21st Century Journalism class at least 30-40% of them would one day work for organizations that don’t do journalism now. I have been telling other classes the same thing for the last three or four years. I have never found the statement particularly bold or outrageous. […]

Katherine Schneider Disability Journalism contest shows its real value.

I hated the idea. When Kristin Gilger, Associate Dean at the Walter Cronkite School told the board of the National Center for Disability Journalism a donor wanted to sponsor a new journalism contest for disability journalism I rebelled. I railed about the difficulty of getting entries, the hassle of managing a decent contest and most […]

Lessons American Journalists can learn from the Murdoch scandals

On Monday night I did this season’s first Must See Monday presentation at The Walter Cronkite School. I spoke on the lessons we can learn from Britain’s Murdoch scandals. There were 200-250 people present, largely Cronkite freshmen and first year grad students. The prepared text is below. Again I admit to occasional ad libs that […]

Brian Storm is a journalism original

Yesterday I spent two hours listening to a journalism original. Brian Storm is a colorful character with colorful language and an inspiring obsession with storytelling. Storm, the mind behind the MediaStorm enterprise is the kind of entrepreneur every journalist needs to study. Frustrated with corporate journalism and software development Storm re-launched MediaStorm in 2005 to […]

Arizona Republic gets an A+ for reporting, B for its editorial and an F for publisher’s conflict

I have just read every mesmerizing word of The Arizona Republic’s coverage of the Fiesta Bowl scandal in the printed newspaper. About five pages of space were dedicated to covering a Fiesta Bowl internal report of the scandal which was triggered by a Republic investigation written by Craig Harris. Harris recently won the first Toner […]

"Failure of Justice" in AZ Republic is a great investigative piece and that’s what makes me nervous

Dennis Wagner of The Arizona Republic wrote a tremendous investigative piece Sunday called “Failure of Justice.” It was hard-hitting, it graphically showed a stone-walling, cover-your-ass bureaucracy and it shone a light on a group of traditionally voiceless people. The piece carefully showed how law enforcement, native and government, seriously botched investigations of a serial rape […]

Journalistic amnesia is a real negative when it comes to disability and the ADA

The criticism leveled most often at journalists is we have amnesia.  We get incredibly excited over things like tsunamis, hurricanes and oil spills and then we tend to forget them even while real suffering continues. The same thing happens with large societal issues. There is certainly an argument that we got smug about race relations […]

Sometimes a newspaper’s ethics guidelines have to be flexible

Okay, class, here’s your ethics hypothetical: Your veteran columnist and your investigative reporter have been aggressively covering abuses in the probate court system. They cover them so well the State Supreme Court Chief Justice sets up a 17-member commission to investigate probate practices.  The chief justice names as chair of that judicial committee your columnist’s […]

AZ journos coverage of 1070 could be ticket to heaven or hell!

My long-time friend, confidant and Minneapolis Star Tribune colleague, Kent Gardner, was always incredibly attuned to the responsibilities the journalistic craft created. Often when there was a big gnarly story with lots of complications, twists and screw-ups Kent would opine: “When we get to the Pearly Gates, St. Peter is going to ask us if […]

Chris Jones story on Roger Ebert should bring us back to the journalistic ramparts

For weeks I have had notes for a blog entry on why I am having increased concerns about newspapers and journalism. I’m going to save those notes because I had a transformational morning. that forced me to give a hard Ash Wednesday rethink to journalism and life.  Mid-morning I called my dearest friend, Gregory Favre. […]