RIC Panel: “The Shifting Tides of Investigative Reporting” on March 7

Jim Taricani, NBC 10 I-Team investigative reporter

The American Democracy Project (ADP) at Rhode Island College, a campus initiative that promotes political engagement throughout the state, has  invited some of the top journalists in the region to participate in a panel discussion on “The Shifting Tides of Investigative Reporting: Perspectives from Leading Practitioners”  on Thursday, March 7.

"As we have seen with the breaking stories of Iran-Contra, Watergate and even Rhode Island’s own Plunder Dome, investigative journalists have played a critical role in forcing transparency and accountability on governmental, corporate and public-sector institutions. The importance of these modern-day whistleblowers will be the topic of (the) discussion," according to Kay Israel, associate professor of communication at Rhode Island College, one of the coordinators of the ADP.

Jim Taricani, an I-Team investigative reporter for NBC 10, WJAR-TV, will moderate the forum in Alger Hall at 2 p.m.

Panelists include a number of distinguished and award-winning journalists who will reflect on their roles in changing the political dynamic and offer their perspectives on how investigative journalism has been shaped by the forces of increased rancor and partisanship, shrinking budgets and the explosion of social media.

Panelists include:

Mark Curtis – investigative reporter and political analyst for ABC-6, WLNE-TV.

Lisa Chedekel – senior writer and co-founder of the Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Jim Hummel – executive director of the “Hummel Report”

Joe Bergantino – director of the New England Center for Investigative Journalism at Boston University

Josh Israel – senior investigative reporter for ThinkProgress.org

Tim White – Target 12 investigative reporter for Channel 12, WPRI-TV

“Representing both the familiar platforms for investigative reporting (newspaper and television) as well as the new forms spawned through innovative partnerships, our panelists are a mix of old and new paradigms,” said Valerie Endress, ADP director and associate professor of communication at Rhode Island College.

“We’ll ask the panelists to assess both the state of their art and to speculate on what investigative journalism might look like for the next generation,” she said.

RIC faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to the forum, as well as members of the greater Rhode Island community. This event is offered with the support of the Rhode Island Committee on College Lectures.

For more information contact Valerie Endress at (401) 456-4781 or email vendress@ric.edu

The goal of the ADP is to produce active, involved citizens in the community. RIC is the only college in the state to participate in the ADP and is considered one of the leading programs in the country for political and civic engagement, often used as the model for initiatives by other colleges.