Looking in the mirror: Investigating the media

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine; Travis Tritten of The Washington Examiner; Mark Feldstein of University of Maryland; T. Rees Shapiro of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Mark Feldstein, University of Maryland

Usually, investigative reporters uncover the misconduct of others. But sometimes, the wrongdoers are fellow journalists and the news outlets they work for. Recent high visibility cases include sexual harassment at Fox News; false rape accusations by Rolling Stone about a University of Virginia fraternity; and fabrications by NBC anchorman Brian William. The reporters who uncovered these scandals will discuss how they did it; offer suggestions on how you can do the same; and explain the special challenges of taking on our own industry.

Speaker Bios

  • Mark Feldstein is a journalism professor at the University of Maryland and a veteran investigative reporter. He was beaten up, subpoenaed and sued in the US, censored in Egypt, and kicked out of Haiti. His exposés led to firings, multi-million dollar fines, and prison terms. He is now writing a book about media malpractice—and welcomes tips about newsroom fabrications, plagiarism, conflicts-of-interest, corruption, propagandizing, censorship and other scandals.

  • T. Rees Shapiro is an English graduate of Virginia Tech. He got his start in journalism as a reporter for the college newspaper covering the April 16, 2007, shootings on campus. An education reporter, he frequently writes about the intersection of public accountability and campus crime, including high-profile cases involving sexual assault.

  • Gabriel Sherman is National Affairs Editor, New York Magazine, and the author of the New York Times best selling biography of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, "The Loudest Voice in the Room." He is an NBC News/MSNBC contributor. @gabrielsherman

  • Travis Tritten is a defense and national security reporter at the Washington Examiner. He has 15 years of experience reporting on the military, government and politics in the United States and abroad. @Travis_Tritten

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