So You Want to be an Investigative Journalist?


Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:30pm to 5:30pm


OCS, 54 Dunster St, Cambridge MA 02138

What does it mean to be an investigative journalist in an era of highly controversial issues nationally and reduced coverage locally? Join us at a panel with two inaugural Abrams Nieman Fellows for Local Investigative Journalism in the class of 2019. Nathan Payne and Laura N. Perez Sanchez will discuss what a career in investigative journalism looks like in 2018 and describe their personal and professional journeys. The discussion will be moderated by Keith Raffel, Mather House Writer-in-Residence and OCS Education Fellow.

Laura most recently was deputy editor of El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico’s biggest newspaper. At Harvard she’s studying corruption in post-disaster efforts, such as those following Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and how journalism can exercise better watchdog practices in reconstruction contexts. She will also examine Puerto Rico’s ongoing reconstruction and use of relief funds after Hurricane Maria.
Nathan is executive editor of Michigan’s Traverse City Record-Eagle and regional editor for the Midwest’s CNHI newspaper group. At Harvard he’s studying the impact of data-driven investigative journalism on public perceptions of local media organizations. He will also examine the effects of mental health policies on local communities.