Ethics and undercover work
Installing hidden cameras in the Mirage Tavern
Read / Watch before class
Pamela Zekman and Zay N. Smith, “Our 'Bar' Uncovers Payoffs,” The Chicago Sun-Times, 1978 (Alert: This story includes racial epithets.)
Jackie Spinner, “A Toast to Undercover Journalism's Greatest Coup, When Reporters Bought a Bar,” Columbia Journalism Review, 2018
Neil Sheehan, “Vietnam Archive: Pentagon Study Traces 3 Decades of Growing U.S. Involvement,” The New York Times, 1971
James L. Greenfield, “How the New York Times Published the Pentagon Papers,” Salon, 2017
Interview, “Daniel Ellsberg on the Release of the 'Top Secret' Pentagon Papers,” The Real News Network, 2019
Ed Bradley, “Unsafe Haven,” 60 Minutes II, 1999 (Alert: This story includes footage showing violence against children.)
Lecture / Q&A
When should sources and/or methods be kept confidential? Key laws and legal precedents. Whistleblowers. Undercover work.
WK 6 Detail
WK 6 Homework & Tools
Do the three following items for homework, according to the instructions below.
1: Read/watch materials for Week 3.
2: Write and submit on Brightspace a one-paragraph pitch for one of the Week 3 read/watch materials.
3: In Weeks 9-12, we'll interview three distinguished journalists in class. Following the steps below, write questions for ALL THREE of these interviews.
Former anchor and reporter, WDSU
Renette Dejoie Hall
President and publisher, The Louisiana Weekly
Founder, The Years Project
Follow these steps to write interview questions for ALL THREE of the journalists above, then submit your questions on Brightspace along with your weekly read/watch story pitch. We'll workshop these questions next Thursday.
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