Lunch with Honors|Christopher Baxter: “Endangered: How the Digital Shift Threatens Investigative Journalism”
As circulation and print advertising revenue continue to decline, dramatic changes are taking place inside newsrooms across the United States that threaten the future investigative reporting, especially on the local and regional level. How can the media still play its valuable role as a watchdog against abuse, neglect and wrongdoing when the digital news cycle is too short and digital resources too small for the resource- and time-intensive nature of investigative reporting? What innovations can marry the short forms of digital news with the long forms of in-depth coverage?
Christopher Baxter is a Statehouse Reporter for NJ Advance Media, serving The Star-Ledger and NJ.com. He most recently covered the administration of Republican Governor Chris Christie, specifically the State Police and state Attorney General’s Office. He has also done environmental reporting in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His work has garnered state, regional and national awards, including the national Livingston Award for Young Journalists in 2014 and the national Heywood Broun Award in 2015. He has written for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, Al-Jazeera America and Radio Ireland, among others. This academic year he is a Knight-Wallace Fellow here at Michigan.