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Mar 29, 2015 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

anyaCrusading journalists from Sinclair Lewis to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras have played critical roles in American politics for years: checking abuses of power, revealing corporate misdeeds, and exposing government corruption. Muckraking journalism is part and parcel of American democracy. But, what do people really know about the role that muckraking has played around the world?

Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World, a groundbreaking new book edited by noted author and journalist Anya Schiffrin, presents the most important examples of world-changing journalism, spanning one hundred years and every continent. Carefully curated by prominent international journalists and scholars working in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, Global Muckraking is a sweeping introduction to international journalism that has galvanized the world’s attention. In an era when human rights are in the spotlight and the fate of newspapers hangs in the balance, the book is both a riveting read and a comprehensive argument for why the world still needs long-form investigative reporting.

Join City of Asylum Pittsburgh and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for fascinating insights into the important role investigative journalists have played around the world and throughout history — and their relevance today.

Anya Schiffrin directs the international media, advocacy, and communications program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Among other topics, she writes about journalism and development as well as the media in Africa and the extractive sector.

Ms. Schiffrin spent 10 years working as a journalist in Europe and Asia, writing for a number of different newspapers and magazines. She was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi and wrote regularly for the Wall Street Journal. She was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000. Ms. Schiffrin has written and edited materials aimed at helping reporters in developing countries write about economics, and she has lectured and run workshops in Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Nigeria, South Africa, Vietnam among other countries. Her most recent book is Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World.

There is no charge for this event. Seats are limited and registrations is required by March 25, 2015.

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