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Saturday, March 23 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Interviews with a Hit Man: Methods and ethics in narrative crime reporting

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Narrative true crime and criminal justice reporting is as popular and varied as it has ever been—from podcasts like Serial and In the Dark, to powerful long investigations by the likes of ProPublica and The Atavist (where I was formerly the editor), to bestsellers like I'll Be Gone in the Dark and Killers of the Flower Moon. But the same stories that attract journalists with their readymade arcs and built-in emotional hooks often also present reportorial and ethical minefields. We'll talk about where and when those issues crop up—whether concerning anonymous sources, duplicitous subjects, or Hollywood options. Often the answers aren't as straightforward as they appear from afar, and we'll together examine how best to think through the fundamental questions.

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Evan Ratliff

Evan Ratliff is a journalist and the author of "The Mastermind: Drugs, Empire, Murder, Betrayal" (Random House, 2019). He is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist, a two-time Livingston Award finalist, and his feature writing for magazines including Wired, The New Yorker, The... Read More →

Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Conference Auditorium

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