Aiming for impact and dealing with the fallout
Months of watchdog work ends with compelling journalism, and sometimes also fallout from the subjects the stories are written about or others in your community. In some cases, the reaction means sources you once freely spoke to will no longer talk, or your FOIA requests become waiting games or go unanswered. It can be even more extreme: The subjects of the stories harm themselves or others. How do reporters and editors handle the fallout when the big projects are over? We will discuss tips for both reporters and editors who find themselves in similar situations.
Current: Reporter, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Louisville, KY Former: Reporter and editor, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY @rgdunlopjr
Katrice is the Executive Editor of the Greenville News and the Southeast Regional editor for USA today Network. [email protected]
Phil Williams is chief investigative reporter for WTVF-TV in Nashville, specializing in government corruption. He is a three-time recipient of both the George Foster Peabody Award and the duPont Award. Other honors include a George Polk Award, an IRE Medal, the Hillman Prize, a national Emmy Award and numerous regional Emmys. A former print reporter, Phil was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Services. He is a former IRE Board member.
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