New Models for Investigative Reporting
**Moderated by Dave Beers, University of British Columbia
Increasingly, the heavy lifting of investigative reporting is moving from mainstream media outlets to nimble digital upstarts. Are they the future?
Jeanette Ageson is Chief Revenue Officer at The Tyee, an independent online newsmagazine based in Vancouver, BC. Since joining the publication in 2014, she has overseen projects that have raised close to a million dollars for journalism through crowdfunding and revenue-generating events.
David Beers is founding editor of The Tyee and Tyee Solutions Society, Canadian digital pioneers in publishing independent investigative reporting. He served as senior editor at Mother Jones Magazine, the Vancouver Sun, and the San Francisco Examiner. His writing has garnered national magazine awards in the U.S. and Canada. He is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Peter is the founder of the Global Reporting Centre, a non-profit organization focused on innovating global journalism. He is former director of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, where he continues to teach investigative and global reporting, working with students in the field. He was a longtime producer at CBS News 60 Minutes, and is the recipient of numerous journalism honours, including several Emmy, Murrow and Sigma Delta Chi awards. @peterwklein
Erin Millar is editor-in-chief and CEO of Discourse Media. She has received multiple awards for journalism innovation, including being named 2015 Bob Carty Fellow by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. As a journalist, she reported from over a dozen countries. She taught journalism at Quest University Canada and Langara College. She is a trustee of the Uncharted Journalism Fund and serves on the board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
Susanne Reber is an award-winning investigative editor. She leads the podcast team at E.W.Scripps Washington Bureau. She co-founded and led Reveal the Peabody Award-winning investigative radio program and podcast. Prior to Reveal, Susanne created and led NPR's first-ever Investigations Unit as well as CBC's Michener Award-winning Investigative Unit. She is the co-author of Starlight Tour-The last lonely night of Neil Stonechild (Random House), a bestseller in 2019. @s_reber
Linda Solomon Wood is founder and CEO of Observer Media Group and Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning National Observer. Linda recently launched a new nonprofit organization, the Canadian Centre for Investigative Journalism, along with investigative reporters Mike De Souza and Jenny Uechi. Linda received the Vancouver Board of Trade award of entrepreneurial innovation in 2015.
Patti Sonntag is director of the Institute for Investigative Journalism, based at Concordia University in Montreal. A former managing editor in The New York Times' News Services division, she facilitates collaborations between universities and media companies, including the award-winning investigation “The Price of Oil” and other projects. She is a recipient of the Michener Fellowship in Journalism Education and a board member of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
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