Instructor: Patti McCracken
Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members
Saturday, 6/10/17 | 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS DO
Investigative journalists are the reason why the “Fourth Estate” is considered crucial to a democratic society. These “watchdogs” hold the powerful accountable. Investigative reporters spend weeks, months and sometimes years investigating corporate and political wrongdoing as well as social issues that demand attention. Many risk their lives in the process. In this seminar, participants will learn what investigative journalists do — from uncovering international stolen art rings to following the trail of Russia’s ties to the White House. Participants will also learn what investigative reporting is not (leaks, single-sourced stories, “information dumps,” sensationalism).
McCracken spent 15 years in the newsrooms of the St. Petersburg Times, USNews & World Report and the Chicago Tribune before striking out on her own in Europe.She seeks out the story behind the fray of the headlines, and has written eloquently and expertly on everything from the pain of post-war Bosnia, to the struggling Republic of Georgia, the club of female serial killers in Hungary, the last remaining leper colony in Europe, and the marvelous madness of the streets of Saigon.
McCRACKEN’s articles have appeared in Smithsonian, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and Christian Science Monitor. Her work also appears in online journals, as well as popular travel and inflight magazines. She is at work on her first book, –historical narrative nonfiction–which will be published by Simon & Schuster. She is represented by The Gersh Agency.