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Wednesday, September 6 • 11:45 - 12:15
Collaborating with scientists: The next logical step for investigative reporting?

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Scientists and investigative journalists have much in common: They analyze data, make observations and weigh evidence – all for the greater good. Yet, historically, these two groups have operated separately. What if we began to change that? What if we combined the skills, resources and influence of both professions and tackled the world’s most ignored and pressing issues? This, I think, is the next great step in investigative journalism: reporters and editors collaborating with top scientists to solve intractable problems, prevent illnesses and prompt those in power to take action. It’s doable, it’s exciting, and it works.


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Sam Roe

Chicago Tribune
Sam Roe is a Chicago Tribune investigative reporter. He was part of the reporting team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for an examination of unsafe children’s products. He has also been a Pulitzer finalist four times, most recently in 2017 for an investigation into dangerous prescription drug combinations. For that project, he collaborated with data scientists at Columbia University Medical Center to uncover drug pairs linked to a serious heart condition. Roe also worked with researchers to show that pharmacies often fail to warn patients about deadly drug interactions. Another investigation sparked a U.S. ban on the export of mercury, and articles on the hazards of the strategic metal beryllium prompted the U.S. to pay victims $13 billion. Roe also exposed how the chemical and tobacco industries waged a deceptive, decades-long campaign to promote flame retardant furniture and downplay the risks. Those stories, featured in the film... Read More →

Wednesday September 6, 2017 11:45 - 12:15
großer Saal EG (B20/22) Erich-Brost-Institut, Otto-Hahn-Str. 2, 44227 Dortmund

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