Investigative Journalism In International Exchange: Multi-Regional IVLP Group Visits Arizona

  • 08 December, 2017
  • Friday, 16:46 PM

By Hana Al-Abadi, Volunteer at Global Ties Arizona

A group of Investigative Journalists, Reporters and Political Commentators from European countries Armenia and Croatia to Asian countries such as Bangladesh and were invited to the United States under the International Visitor Leadership Program and came to Arizona with the objective to examine the rights & responsibilities journalists hold in a free press in the United States.

The four-day visit consisted of a brief orientation hosted by Global Ties Arizona CEO Wendy Anderton & a screening of the movie “Spotlight” at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. “Spotlight” focuses on the investigation into the notorious cases of child abuse on Boston by several Roman Catholic priests. Dr. Walter Robinson who was an investigative reporter this time and who is portrayed by Michael Keaton in the film, spoke to the visitors about his experience in covering the scandal & his experience being a local & state reporter in politics. 

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) group also took a tour of the widely recognized ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. The school is named after broadcast journalist, Walter Cronkite and officially started offering journalism classes in 1931. The journalism classes have expanded from offering Bachelor’s to master’s degrees in journalism & mass communication & has been ranked as the 5th best journalism school in the US in 2013.

Another part of the four-day visit was visiting Morgan Loew who is an investigative journalist who has worked for CNN, NBC & CBS during his tenure and has exposed. unethical politicians, consumer scams and corrupt businesses. IVLP visitors then visited Robert Leger who served as the president of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2002-2003. He has 37 years of experience in print journalism and has wrote and edited for the Arizona Republic. 

The IVLP visitors wrapped up their visit as panelists and guests at ‘Investigative Journalism’s Impact on Public Opinion and Policy Making Around the World’, a panel discussion held at the Camby Hotel that featured 21 investigative journalists from all over the world and was moderated by KJZZ Morning Edition host, Phil Latzman, and the over 100 attendees were welcomed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Scottsdale City Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp.
 

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