If you attended an IRE Conference in the early 2000s, the plot of the movie “Spotlight” might have sounded familiar. That’s because the Hollywood depiction of the Boston Globe’s investigation into the clergy sex abuse scandal stayed surprisingly true to the real behind-the-scenes story. How do we know? A few of the journalists depicted in the film – Walter Robinson, Marty Baron and Sacha Pfeiffer – discussed the reporting process at conferences in 2002 and 2003. We’re sharing some of that archival audio on this special bonus episode.
Looking for links to the stories, resources and events we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
- Listen to the 2002 IRE Conference panel “Going on the religion beat,” featuring Walter Robinson, Don Lattin, Glenn Bunting and Ron Nixon.
- Learn about the Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship. You have until Feb. 29, 2016, at 11:59:59 p.m. PST to apply.