Showcase: Pursuing the truth

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Monika Bauerlein of Mother Jones; Richard Greenberg of NBC News; Marc Lacey of The New York Times; David Boardman of Temple University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 6-8
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by David Boardman, Temple University

Journalists today are confronted by an unprecedented series of challenges in pursuing the truth. Prior to the 2016 presidential campaign, we were already facing online trolls and doxxing, defamation lawsuits, and leak investigations, not to mention the explosion of unfiltered, unverified postings on social media. Now, we are contending with a president and an administration that are openly antagonistic towards the media, and a large portion of the public that does not believe what we report. When administration officials talk about “alternative facts” and assail the already-damaged credibility of news organizations, how should reporters go about our jobs? In the face of all these challenges, how do we champion the truth?

Speaker Bios

  • Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones, the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Magazine of the Year. Previously, she served as co-editor with Clara Jeffery, who is now editor-in-chief. Together, they have spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by tenfold growth in audience and newsroom staff and signature investigations on beats such as political corruption, climate, and criminal justice. @MonikaBauerlein

  • David Boardman is Dean of the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. Previously, he was Editor of The Seattle Times, which won four Pulitzer Prizes and had 10 Pulitzer finalists under his leadership. He has won many national awards, including SPJ's National Ethics Award. He is former president of IRE and chairs the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Solutions Journalism [email protected]

  • Richard Greenberg is NBC News Vice President and Executive Editor, Investigations. He has reported extensively on global security issues, terrorism, organized crime, and human rights. He has overseen many of NBC’s exclusives in Iran. His groundbreaking 2004 Dateline NBC documentary on the child sex trade in Cambodia received two Emmy awards. Greenberg previously was Vice President, NBC News Standards and a producer at Dateline, 60 Minutes, and ABC News. @rgnbc

  • Marc Lacey is the National Editor of The New York Times. He began in The Times' Washington Bureau, where he covered the White House during the end of the Clinton administration and the beginning of the Bush years. He later became a foreign correspondent based in Nairobi and Mexico City. He has covered a variety of conflicts, in Iraq, Sudan, Congo and Somalia.

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