From the inside: A conversation on immersion and undercover reporting
**Moderated by Robert Cribb, Toronto Star
Undercover work is difficult, risky, time-consuming and sometimes even dangerous. It requires preparation, thought and a strong ethical compass. We explore the pitfalls and potential of immersion and undercover reporting with some of its most experienced practitioners.
Shane Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine. In 2015, Shane took a job as a prison guard in Louisiana to investigate corporate-run prisons. The piece received numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for best reporting and the Goldsmith Prize for investigative journalism. In 2016, he went undercover again to investigate America’s resurgent right-wing paramilitary movement. @shane_bauer
Ted Conover's Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His other books include Coyotes, Rolling Nowhere, Whiteout and The Routes of Man; he is the author, most recently, of Immersion. Conover writes for the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Smithsonian, and many other publications. He is director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.
Robert Cribb is an investigative reporter at the Toronto Star. He has received national reporting awards and citations for investigations into offshore tax evasion, child exploitation, human trafficking, dangerous doctors and public-health threats. Cribb is co-author of Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter’s Research Guide (Oxford University Press). He teaches investigative reporting at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the University of Toronto. @thecribby
Suki Kim is the only writer ever to go live undercover in North Korea, and the author of a New York Times bestselling Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite. An investigative journalist and a novelist, her first novel was a finalist for a PEN Hemingway Prize, and her nonfiction regularly appears in places including The New York Times, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The New Republic, where she is a contributing editor. @sukisworld
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