Global Muckraking discussion
Anya Schiffrin, editor of Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism From Around the World, Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of Blavatnik School of Government
6:15pm, Monday 13 October 2014
BSG Lecture Theatre, 10 Merton Street
Anya Schiffrin, editor of Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism From Around the World, was in discussion with Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of Blavatnik School of Government, and Dr David Levy, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study Journalism to the school. This event was co-hosted by the Blavatnik School of Government and the Reuters Institute for the Study Journalism. How journalism can still change the world by Giulia Biasibetti, BSG Communications Officer's report on the discussion. About the book Crusading journalists from Sinclair Lewis to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have played a central role in American politics: checking abuses of power, revealing corporate misdeeds, and exposing government corruption. Muckraking journalism is part and parcel of American democracy. But how many people know about the role that muckraking has played around the world? This groundbreaking new book presents the most important examples of world-changing journalism, spanning one hundred years and every continent. Carefully curated by prominent international journalists and historians working in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, Global Muckraking includes Ken Saro-Wiwa’s defense of the Ogoni people in the Niger Delta; Horacio Verbitsky’s uncovering of the gruesome disappearance of political detainees in Argentina; Gareth Jones’s coverage of the Ukraine famine of 1932-33; missionary newspapers’ coverage of Chinese foot binding in the nineteenth century; Dwarkanath Ganguli’s exposé of the British “coolie” trade in nineteenth-century Assam, India; and many others. Edited by the noted author and journalist Anya Schiffrin, Global Muckraking is a sweeping introduction to international journalism that has galvanized the world’s attention. In an era when human rights are in the spotlight and the fate of newspapers hangs in the balance, here is both a riveting read and a sweeping argument for why the world needs long-form investigative reporting. About the editor Anya Schiffrin is the director of the media and communications program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She spent ten years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia. She is the editor of Bad News: How America’s Business Press Missed the Story of the Century and a co-editor, with Eamon Kircher-Allen, of From Cairo to Wall Street: Voices from the Global Spring (both published by The New Press). She is married and lives in New York City.