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Robinson Talks Spotlight, Accountability

Walter “Robby” Robinson led the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team during their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the Catholic Church coverup of sexual abuse by local priests. Robinson, who is now editor-at-large at the Boston paper, sat down for an interview with GIJN before his keynote speech at the Second Asia Investigative Journalism Conference in Nepal to discuss the experience, including techniques, challenges and lessons. (You can find Part Two of this interview here.)

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Spotlight’s Robinson to Keynote Asia Investigative Conference

The keynote speaker for Uncovering Asia — the Asian Investigative Journalism Conference — will be journalist Walter “Robby” Robinson, who led the Boston Globe Spotlight team’s Pulitzer Prize winning investigation into the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. In the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight,” Robinson’s character was portrayed by actor Michael Keaton. Robinson has worked at the Globe as reporter and editor since 1972. He is currently the paper’s editor at large. “There is nothing in life more fun, more rewarding, than digging for the truth and finding stories that the people in power don’t want us to know,” Robinson recently told journalism students. Continue Reading →

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GIJN Boosts Broadcast Journalists in Thailand

GIJN lent a hand to the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association last month, helping train 60 journalists in the fine art of muckraking in Thailand. The four-day investigative reporting workshop was led by Nils Hanson, editor-in-chief of Sweden’s most successful investigative TV program, Uppdrag Granskning (Mission Investigate), at public broadcaster Swedish Television (SVT). He has 40 years of experience in the field, starting his career at age 16 as a “dispatch boy.” He regularly teaches investigative methods at conferences in Sweden and abroad and has authored a book on the subject. A veteran presenter at GIJN conferences, Hanson traveled halfway around the world at GIJN’s request to work with our Thai colleagues, who were brought together by the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association’s Manager and Editor Niramol Prasansuk. The session — “Investigative TV Journalists Training and Workshop” — was held February 11 to 14, and was packed with television reporters, producers, and camera people. Continue Reading →

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