Hits & Misses

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J1000 "Hot Topics in Journalism and Advertising" lecture about some investigative pieces that hit home and missed the mark.

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Hits & Misses

  1. 1. Journalism: Making a Difference… And Falling Short
  2. 2. Recent Hits: Nationwide <ul><li>CBS News – Fall 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Armen Keteyian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Hidden epidemic” of veteran suicide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Led to denials from VA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Criticism of CBS News facts and methodology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall 2008 VA admits problem </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Recent Hits: Close to Home <ul><li>Naomi Schalit, Kennebec Journal, Maine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For I Was Hungry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Won SDX Award </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revealed the statewide problem of hunger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Led to expansion of school breakfast program </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Recent Hits: National <ul><li>“ The Other Walter Reed” </li></ul><ul><li>Washington Post </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposed deep and widespread problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dana Priest, Anne Hull & Michel du Cille (photographer) won Pulitzer, SDX, and other awards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Led to firing of Army Secretary and overhaul at Walter Reed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Photo: M. du Cille </li></ul>
  5. 5. Recent Hits: Close to Home <ul><li>WBBM-AM Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>August 23 Storms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly non-stop coverage of tornado warning in Chicago’s Loop business district </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Descriptions, safety information, perspective, aftermath, clean-up </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Recent Hits: Local-Global Connection <ul><li>KOMU 8-TV </li></ul><ul><li>Mercy in Motion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sarah Hill, Scott Schaefer, Scott Schmidt, Stacey Woelfel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Showed how a Columbia-based organization was bringing mobility to people in Vietnam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awards: Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, SDX </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Major Miss <ul><li>Judith Miller & WMD </li></ul><ul><li>New York Times </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles bolstered Bush Administration arguments about going to war in Iraq </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles focused on Saddam’s capacity and ambition to produce WMD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relied on discredited sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miller resigned, New York Times backpedalled. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Outside of the Mainstream <ul><li>Center for Public Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wasting Away,”report on Superfund sites revealed an environmental program in shambles </li></ul><ul><li>“ States of Disclosure,” report showed how state legislatures put private interests ahead of the public good. </li></ul><ul><li>Based in Washington, DC </li></ul><ul><li>Non-profit </li></ul><ul><li>Founded 1989 </li></ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Staff consists of journalists from a variety of backgrounds and educational/professional experiences </li></ul>

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