Does the Watchdog Still Bite?
Charles Lewis is a former producer for 60 Minutes, through the foundings of the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism, he's been ahead of the curve in creating new media models. He continues that work today as a professor and the founding executive editor of the new Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication.
Most discussions of the changing media landscape, with its budget cutting and downsizing, include concerns over the fate of investigative reporting, the kind of reporting that uncovers wrongdoing and holds those in power accountable, reporting that ultimately defines the classic role of the press as the people's watchdog. This week on dialogue, host John Milewski speaks with Charles Lewis, one of the world's leaders in that field, having spent most of the last 30 years as an investigative journalist.