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In Mediabistro’s latest So What Do You Do? interview, veteran broadcast journalist and Our America host Lisa Ling talks about her career and how her sister’s North Korea detention changed her outlook on traditional journalism.
“What happened with Laura has made me more defiant than ever about the need for solid journalism,” she said. “The fact that Laura was illegally apprehended and held for so long for wanting to report about the horrific things that are happening to North Korean refugees was just tragic. We need journalists to uncover truths. It’s never more important than now.”
The busy host, whose resume boasts The View and National Geographic’s Explorer, still tries to find time to contribute to Nightline, where she used to be a correspondent. “I think the fact that Nightline is doing so well is a testament to the fact that people are hungry for good, strong storytelling,” she said.
A new project out of American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop, called Investigating Power, is touting itself as the first comprehensive visual history of America’s most significant reporting of the last 50 years.
The website features a rich collection of video interviews with journalists like Christiane Amanpour, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, Bill Kovach and many more. You can filter down to timelines by “Moments of Truth” — McCarthyism, civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, Corporate Power and Post-9/11.
According to the Investigating Power website, the number of entries for the Pulitzer Prize in the Gold Medal public service category dropped 43 percent from 1985 to 2010. In roughly the same timeframe, the number of public relations specialists doubled. Thus, it’s a critical time to reflect on the powerful journalism that has created change:
At this critical juncture in the history of American journalism, as the news media and the nature and extent of original reporting itself undergo a very difficult transformation, we must reflect on the inherent, incalculable value of original, independent reporting in our nation and in the world. Facts are and must be the coin of the realm in a democracy, for government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” to quote President Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address, requires and assumes to some extent an informed citizenry.
– ᔥ Investigating Power
They plan to grow the collection over the next decade. Explore the full project here.
In the digital age, journalists are required to don different hats; from multimedia to social media, there is an increasing amount of tools available for telling the story and sharing it. Still, it may not be enough. Research shows that Americans’ distrust of the media is at record highs, and even though social media has made it easier and faster for information to spread, it can be difficult to sort out truth from the deluge of rumors, facts, and everything in between.
At the Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting over the weekend, Eric Newton spoke about how focusing on the story just isn’t enough anymore. Newton, who is the senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation, recounted how he asked 800 investigative reporters and editors if their work had significant social impact. Of course, all of them thought that it did. But asked if they thought the average American understood investigative journalism, only one hand went up. Most of them thought that it was not a journalist’s job to educate people about the importance of journalism. Read more
Forget simple kinetic type as a storytelling technique. ProPublica and New York University’s Studio 20 have taken it a step further today with the release of their music-video explainer: a fun, typographic animation and song based on ProPublica’s investigation on hydraulic fractured gas drilling.
The ongoing investigation, “Buried Secrets” — which contains 106 articles as of today — is a thorough look at the environmental threat of gas drilling. But it’s rich with information — and lots of it. The music video takes a fun twist on that investigation, giving readers a welcoming sample of the wealth of information that the investigation itself has to offer.
The project will experiment with the form of “the explainer,” a genre in journalism that provides the essential background knowledge necessary to follow events in the news.
The Fracking Song completes that mission sufficiently. As I’ve said before about animated videos — I think they’re a brilliant storytelling technique in a day in age when consumer attention spans are short and the “shareability factor” is vital for the spreading of information. Read more