Recommended Reading

PANEL: How the Sausage Is Made (Friday, April 13, 2012)

  • Floridians At Risk: An investigative series on Florida’s insurance industry reported by Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting)                                                                              
  • Alleged Illegal Searches: A two-part investigative series that revealed abuses in the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy reported by Ailsa Chang of WNYC Radio (Winner of a 2012 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.)                                     
  • Presidential Pardons: Shades of Mercy: A two-part investigation reported by Dafna Linzer and Jennifer LaFleur of ProPublica, published in The Washington Post.
  • High Salaries Stir Outrage in Bell: A series of stories exposing officials’ exorbitant salaries and financial misdeeds in the small working-class town of Bell, California, spearheaded by staff writers Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives of the Los Angeles Times. (Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for public service.)
  • Preparing Americans for Death Lets Hospices Neglect End of Life: This investigative piece by Peter Waldman of Bloomberg News explores hospice care, which has evolved into a $14 billion business run mostly for profit.
  • Under Suspicion at the Mall of America: An investigation by NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting finds that an anti-terrorism program is entangling ordinary citizens with police and FBI. NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling reports.

PRESENTATION: The Reinventing of the Center for Investigative Reporting  (Friday, April 13, 2012)

PANEL: The Murdoch Effect: The News at Any Price? (Saturday, April 14, 2012)

  • Murdoch’s Scandal: In a joint production with the CBC, PBS Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman tells the story of the battle over the future of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch’s reputation and his family’s fortunes.
  • Variety Review of Murdoch’s Scandal: For some a recap, for others a primer, the hourlong production is truly worthy of the “fair and balanced” label.
  • As ‘Murdoch’s Scandal’ Unravels, Many Implicated: PBS Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman discusses the upcoming documentary on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross.
  • Tabloid Hack Attack on Royals, and Beyond: In the first major investigative story on the scandal by The New York Times, Don Van Natta, Jo Becker and Graham Bowley revealed that phone hacking involved many more people than the company had previously acknowledged and that Scotland Yard closed the investigation prematurely.
  • Exclusive: Paper Deleted Missing Schoolgirl’s Voicemails: The Guardian story that blew the lid off the hacking affair. Nick Davies and Amelia Hill report on News of The World’s hacking of the cell phone belonging to missing girl Milly Dowler in 2002.
  • Hack Work: In this New Yorker piece, Anthony Lane surveys the hacking scandal as well as the history of various misdeeds at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
  • The Dark Arts: Just prior to the Guardian story on Dowler, Sarah Ellison, author of War at the Wall Street Journal, a book about News Corp’s takeover of Dow Jones, writes about the hacking affair.
  • News And Its Critics: As the story grew, the Journal lashed out at its “competitor critics” for piling on.
  • A Private Investigator Explains the “Dark Arts” of Tabloid News: For decades, private investigator Danno Hanks worked both sides of the law.

PANEL: When the Story Bites Back (Saturday, April 14, 2012)

PANEL: (Financial) Crime and Punishment (Saturday, April 14, 2012)

  • Inside Job: Movie website for the Oscar-winning documentary film by Charles Ferguson.
  • Diana B. Henriques: Henriques, an award-winning financial journalist, is the author of The Wizard of Lies, a New York Times bestseller about the Bernie Madoff scandal, and three other books on business history. As a writer for The New York Times, she has largely specialized in investigative reporting on white-collar crime, market regulation and corporate governance.
  • Did Barclays Help U.S. Banks Get Undeserved Foreign Tax Credits?: An investigation reported by Vanessa Houlder and Megan Murphy of the Financial Times and Jeff Gerth of ProPublica, and edited by Christine Spolar of the Financial Times.
  • A Corporate Sleuth Tries the Credit Rating Field: Few people ever penetrate the dark side of money, but Jules Kroll is one of them.


  • The Real CSI: How reliable is the science behind forensics? In this documentary airing April 17, 2012, Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom.

PANEL: The State of Investigative Reporting (Sunday, April 15, 2012)




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