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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.

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