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Thursday, August 31 • 11:35 - 12:10
Rabbit holes: Choosing what to investigate

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The world is full of problems, and you can’t investigate everything. It can be a long, expensive road just to verify a tip. And even if it’s good, you might have zero impact if your story lands in an unreceptive political climate. But if you focus purely on potential impact, some unpopular issues might never see daylight. Our panel of veteran investigative journalists talk about how they decide what to cover.

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Moderators
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Olivia Rosenman

Executive producer, Fourth Estate, 2SER
Olivia Rosenman is a journalist and audio producer with experience working in media and communications in Australia and China. She is the executive producer of Fourth Estate, a weekly media affairs show broadcast on 2SER Radio in Sydney. Olivia is represented by the Audiocraft Agency, an association of... Read More →

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Aaron Glantz

Senior reporter, Reveal (Center for Investigative Reporting)
Aaron Glantz is a senior reporter at Reveal who produces public interest journalism with impact. His reporting has sparked more than a dozen Congressional hearings, a raft of federal legislation and led to criminal probes by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission. Because of his reporting, 500,000 fewer U.S. military veterans face long waits for disability compensation, while 100,000 fewer veterans are prescribed highly addictive narcotics by the government. He is also the author of three books, most recently... Read More →
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Kate McClymont

Senior journalist, Fairfax Media
Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and a former chair of the Walkley Advisory Board. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1981 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and joined the Herald in 1985 as a graduate cadet. She later worked at the National Times followed by a two-year stint as a researcher at the... Read More →
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Gerard Ryle

Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Gerard Ryle led the team that divulged the Panama Papers, the 11.5 million leaked documents from 40 years of activity of the Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca that won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize for journalism. Gerard is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Washington, DC. The Panama Papers brought together 376 investigative journalists from 109 news organisations in 76 countries, who spent months collaborating in researching and checking the documents, using protected communication channels, bespoke search engines and other specialised tools built by ICIJ, and ICIJ coordinated the release of the information across the world. It was the biggest cross-border collaboration in journalism history. Before joining as the... Read More →
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Siddharth Varadarajan

The Wire
Siddharth Varadarajan is a Founding Editor of The Wire (www.thewire.in), India's leading independent news and analysis site. He was earlier the editor in chief of The Hindu newspaper. A trained economist, he taught at New York University before joining The Times of India as a leader writer in 1995. As a reporter, he has covered the NATO war against Yugoslavia, the humanitarian crisis in Iraq during post Gulf War sanctions, and the Kashmir problem. He was one of the few international journalists to visit and write about Afghanistan during Taliban rule. His 2002 book Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy, was the first book-length account of the anti-Muslim violence that took the lives of 1500 people in the Indian state. He has taught journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, and has been a Poynter Media Fellow at Yale University. He is a recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in... Read More →


Thursday August 31, 2017 11:35 - 12:10
Eternity Playhouse, Sydney 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010