In her book The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts, Laura Tillman examines the lasting effects of a deeply troubling crime—the brutal murder of three young children by their parents in the border city of Brownsville, Texas. Over six years, Tillman surveyed those surrounding the crimes, speaking with the lawyers who tried the case, the family’s neighbors, relatives and teachers, as well as one of the murderers: John Allen Rubio, whom she corresponded with for years. Over the course of their correspondence, Tillman wrestled with a series of tough questions: In the pursuit of a story, what constitutes manipulation? Is some degree of manipulation in this context inevitable? Is it wrong for a murderer to be gratified by the result?
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- July 25, 2016 by Laura Tillman
- February 26, 2016 by Alex Hannaford, Jess Hurd, Jason Parkinson, Katy Robjant, Raniah Salloum, Jeanny Gering
Journalists Alex Hannaford, Jess Hurd, Jason Parkinson and Raniah Salloum spoke with the Dart Center about the reporting challenges in covering stories of migration and refugees, and clinical psychologist Katy Robjant shared techniques for interviewing victims of trauma, as well as self-care tips for those covering the on-going crisis.
- December 2, 2015 by Jessica Ciencin Henriquez
At Columbia Journalism School, Katherine Boo - winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and a MacArthur “genius” grant - joined Dean Steve Coll for a discussion of her first book, a powerful and complex work of immersion reporting.
- July 14, 2015
At the 2015 Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference in Philadelphia, the Dart Center sponsored the showcase panel, "Sexual Assault Investigations: Empathy, Accuracy & Transparency," featuring Sheila Coronel, Steve Coll, Bruce Shapiro, Teresa Braeckel, Elana Newman and Nicole Noren. Full panel audio is now available.
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