New cars for every coach?
| J-students take on athletic departments and the NFL
Kent State students in Karl Idsvoog’s classes do solid watchdog reporting, as shown in a series of interviews questioning the lopsided, costly favoritism that athletes – and coaches – get at university after university.
Boston Globe, Asbury Press also honored
| Raleigh News & Observer wins Taylor Family Award
The prize is for a three-part series on prosecutorial misconduct by Durham, NC, district attorney Tracey Cline. After the report, Cline was suspended and then removed from office. The paper is lauded for how it ‘navigated landmines’ in its coverage.
41 new members
| International investigative reporting group expands
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which began in 1997, now includes 158 reporters in 60 countries.
From Nieman Reports
| Where a reporter's pesky habits almost got in the way
Lucette Lagnado, a Wall Street Journal reporter, overcame a journalist’s discipline – strict adherence to accuracy and precision – to take on the role of memoirist. (From the Winter 2011 edition
of Nieman Reports, which is devoted to stories by reporters who wrote books.)
One of a select group
| Libyan, posthumously, is winner of the Louis Lyons Award
Mohammed Nabbous, killed in March during anti-Gadafi fighting, sent out the first images and sounds of the unrest from Benghazi to the outside world.
A broken system
| Where scrapes with the law are no impediment to being a cop
Reporter Gina Barton describes the impetus for the just-published Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s gutsy, dogged investigation into police officers who ran afoul of the the law but often didn’t get fired or prosecuted. The three-part series, just concluded, had a sharp impact even before it was published.
I.F. Stone Medal
Linking the re-election committee to the burglars | Kenneth Dahlberg’s role in Watergate|
Dahlberg died Oct. 4th at age 94; his name will be prominent as long as people follow the Watergate story. Here Barry Sussman, who was the Washington Post’s Watergate editor, explains why.
| Not depending on the authorities to tell the story
A.C. Thompson, winner of the 2011 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, talks about what's missing in a lot of crime reporting these days.
| A writer’s ordeal in Dubai
In August 2009 journalist Mark Townsend got a phone call giving him two hours to get to the Dubai Criminal Investigation Department. The call immediately reminded him of a science fiction story in which an ordinary life unraveled, and indeed, it was the start of a long, deepening eddy for him, as he was charged with a crime – writing an offensive blog – that he didn't commit.