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Shorter Attention Spans and Tighter Wallets – Is Investigative Journalism Doomed?


Innovations in communication technologies and the rise of citizen journalism are disrupting the way we consume and share information. The space for ‘traditional’ news reporting is shrinking and newspapers around the world are particularly affected as they cut back on salaries and staff.

What does this mean for investigative journalism? Is there even a need for long-form journalism in the age of social media and 24/7 television news? Do laws governing the industry act as prohibitive catalysts against investigative reporting?

Join The Second Floor (T2F) for a Mind Your Media Talk by Stephen Franklin on the future of investigative journalism in the rapidly evolving media landscape.

Stephen Franklin is a former labor writer and foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He has also trained journalists in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and has created an online course for Arab journalists to cover labor and economic issues. Currently in Pakistan to train reporters, Mr Franklin will also talk about particularities of credible reporting in the country in the context of the ongoing political and security flux.

About Stephen Franklin

Stephen FranklinStephen Franklin is an award winning investigative journalist, most notably with the Chicago Tribune. He has reported from Central and Latin America and over a decade living in and reporting from the Middle East as bureau chief for the Tribune. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, he is an expert on issues like source protection, media intimidation and investigative techniques and is ethnic news director for the Community Media Workshop in Chicago. In addition to training journalists around the world, Stephen teaches at the School of Labor and Employee Relations at the University of Illinois and is the author of “Three Strikes: Labor’s Heartland Losses and What They Mean for Working Americans.”

Mind Your Media is a project of the Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism and PeaceNiche. The initiative’s debate and lecture series will bring together decision makers at top news organisations, journalists and activists to explore the media landscape and the ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.

Date: Sunday, 6th October, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.

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