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Super Session: ‘Spotlight’ and the Future of Investigative Journalism: A Q&A with Marty Baron

Sunday, Sept. 18, afternoon (time TBA)

Fourteen years ago, the Boston Globe published an explosive and exhaustive series of stories about Catholic priests sexually abusing children and the church hierarchy that covered it up. The investigation by the Globe’s “Spotlight” team captured a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, inspired a Columbia University case study, and informed a Hollywood movie that grabbed 2016 Oscars for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. The Spotlight work and film are also creating urgent conversations about the need for more investigative work in U.S. newsrooms. In this EIJ Super Session, Marty Baron, editor of the Globe when it chased the priest abuse stories (portrayed by Liev Schreiber in the movie), talks with Kirsten Lundberg, former head of the Columbia case studies project, about the work that exposed a crisis in the Catholic Church, the film it inspired and the state of investigative journalism.

About Martin Baron
Martin Baron joined the Washington Post as executive editor Jan. 1, 2013, after almost 12 years as editor of the Boston Globe. He has also served as editor of the Miami Herald and held top editing positions at the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. He was named editor of the year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2001, and editor of the year by the National Press Foundation in 2004.

About Kirsten Lundberg
Kirsten Lundberg owns the Boston-based Lundberg Case Consortium. She formerly created and ran the Case Consortium @ Columbia and the Knight Case Studies Initiative, both at Columbia University. A former journalist, she was a senior case writer (and eventually acting director) at the Harvard Kennedy School Case Program for many years. In addition to journalism, she has written cases on public health, public policy, sustainable development and other topics.

New Orleans Tours

Explore the city and unlock its secrets with the amazing selection of New Orleans tours! Use the EIJ16 registration form to reserve your spot.

Southern Food & Beverage Museum

– Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
– Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
– Cost: $55 per person (includes museum admission, 30-minute guided tour, meal demonstration, meal and roundtrip transportation)

Discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and related culture of the South. Admission to the museum, a 30 minute guided tour, meal demo (and meal!) are included. The meal includes salad, bread, jambalaya and bananas foster with ice cream. Check out more at

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt

– Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
– Cost: $30 per person

Want to explore the city but not sure where to start? You’re not hunting for things (put back that statue!) but for answers to tricky and humorous questions about the intriguing places and objects you discover. The questions emphasize nimble thinking and teamwork and are crafted to bring out the various skills of each member of your team. It’s not a race: the victory goes to the smartest and most creative team, not the fastest. Each team of five or six people (we will put you on a team or you can put together your own team) starts from the Sheraton and travels through the French Quarter. Visit for more information.

VIP City Tours (Katrina areas included)

– Saturday, Sept. 17, 12:15-3 p.m.
– Tuesday, Sept. 20, 12:15-3 p.m.
– Cost: $45 per person (includes roundtrip transportation)

Take a ride through some of the most famous neighborhoods such as the Lower 9th Ward, Treme, French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery #3, Lake Pontechartrain, 17th St Canal, and Garden District. See landmarks you don’t want to miss and listen to stories about this historic city. There will be opportunities to get out of the bus and explore some of the sites. You can learn more about VIP City Tours at

Mardi Gras World

– Saturday, Sept. 17, 12:30-2 p.m.
– Tuesday, Sept. 20, 12:30-2 p.m.
– Cost: $33 per person (includes roundtrip transportation).

Since 1947, Blaine Kern Studios has created breathtaking parade floats not only for Mardi Gras but also for parades and special events all over the world. The Mardi Gras World tour lets you see exactly what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. You’ll learn about the history of this unique tradition, going beyond its reputation for pure revelry to see the true roots of the REAL Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Great information about the history and tradition of Mardi Gras. Check out the Mardi Gras World website at

Le Musée de f.p.c. (free people of color)

– Saturday, Sept. 17, 1:30-3 p.m.
– Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1:30-3 p.m.
– Cost: $27 per person (includes round trip transportation).

Ms. Beverly McKenna is the owner of Le Musée and an African-American journalist and newspaper publisher of The New Orleans Tribune. Le Musée de f.p.c., located in Esplanade Ridge, one of the most historic areas of the city, is a unique attraction as it shares the rich history and culture of New Orleans free people of color. Visit for additional information on this amazing tour.

Steamboat Natchez

– Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (depart from the Sheraton via bus at 10:30 a.m., boarding 11 a.m., cruising from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
– Cost: $41 per person (includes ONE WAY transportation to the dock — guests are on their own for their transportation back to the hotel)

This 2-hour cruise takes you back when cotton was king and life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. See New Orleans as it can best be seen from the river aboard New Orleans' only authentic steamboat. Cruises include museum quality Steam Engine Room open to visitors, Smart phone signage on decks for self-guided boat tour, cocktail and wine options available for purchase on board, Duke Heitger's Steamboat Stompers Jazz Trio plays each Harbor Cruise. Visit for more information.

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