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Day of Rage:

How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol | Visual Investigations    NYT    1 July 2021





Day of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol | Visual Investigations        Video        NYT        1 July 2021


As part of a six-month investigation,

The Times synchronized and mapped

thousands of videos and police audio of the U.S. Capitol riot

to provide the most complete picture to date of what happened

— and why.



















How Police Tried — and Failed — To Stop Capitol Attackers    NYT    March 21, 2021





How Police Tried — and Failed — To Stop Capitol Attackers | Visual Investigations        video        NYT        March 21, 2021


The Times obtained District of Columbia police radio communications

and synchronized them with footage from the scene to show in real time

how officers tried and failed to stop the attack on the U.S. Capitol.



















How the Police Killed Breonna Taylor        NYT        28 December 2020





How the Police Killed Breonna Taylor | Visual Investigations        Video        NYT        28 December 2020


None of the police officers

who raided Breonna Taylor’s home wore body cameras,

impeding the public from a full understanding of what happened.


The Times’s visual investigation team built a 3-D model of the scene

and pieced together critical sequences of events to show

how poor planning and shoddy police work led to a fatal outcome.


















Philadelphia Police Violated Their Own Guidelines, Here's How    NYT    25 June 2020





Philadelphia Police Violated Their Own Guidelines, Here's How | Visual Investigations        Video        NYT        25 June 2020


On June 1,

SWAT teams turned a protest march in Philadelphia

into chaos.


We went to the site,

interviewed witnesses and analyzed dozens of videos

to reconstruct what happened.

















How a Police Encounter Turned Fatal: The Killing of Rayshard Brooks    NYT    23 June 2020





How a Police Encounter Turned Fatal: The Killing of Rayshard Brooks        Video        Visual Investigations        NYT        23 June 2020


The Times analyzed witness videos,

police footage and official documents

to identify the critical moments — and missteps —

that led to the killing of Rayshard Brooks

in Atlanta on June 12.


















Retracing Ahmaud Arbery’s Final Minutes:

What Videos And 911 Calls Show    NYT    18 May 2020





Retracing Ahmaud Arbery’s Final Minutes: What Videos And 911 Calls Show        Video        NYT Visual Investigations        NYT        18 May 2020


Using security footage, cellphone video, 911 calls and police reports,

The Times has reconstructed the 12 minutes

before Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead in Georgia on Feb. 23.


















How The Times Makes Visual Investigations        NYT        14 February 2020





How The Times Makes Visual Investigations        Video        NYTimes        The New York Times        14 February 2020


A live chat with our Visual Investigations team,

who answer questions about their reporting techniques, tips and tools,

how they choose stories, the impact of their journalism, and more.



















Retracing Ahmaud Arbery’s Final Minutes:

What Videos And 911 Calls Show    NYT    May 2020





Retracing Ahmaud Arbery’s Final Minutes: What Videos And 911 Calls Show        NYT Visual Investigations        The New York Times        18 May 2020


Using security footage, cellphone video, 911 calls and police reports,

The Times has reconstructed the 12 minutes

before Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead

in Georgia on Feb. 23.

















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[Left to right:]

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein,

Washington Post journalists

who broke the Watergate story.


Photograph: Bettmann/CORBIS


 Ben Bradlee – a life in pictures

The former Washington Post editor Ben ­Bradlee,

who oversaw the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal

that toppled President Richard Nixon, has died aged 93


 Wednesday 22 October 2014    03.14 BST

















Carl Bernstein


As a relatively seasoned reporter

for The Washington Post,

Carl Bernstein joined

with his neophyte colleague

Bob Woodward

to expose the political scandal

behind the 1972 Watergate break-in.


Their investigation

helped set off a constitutional crisis,

leading to the resignation

of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974.


Two reporters working as one,

they became known as Woodstein,

winning The Post the 1973 Pulitzer Prize

for public service.












Bob Woodward


award-winning reporter and writer,

author of more than a dozen books

about Washington and politics.


He became famous

because of the Watergate scandal

— shorthand

for the revealed abuses of power

by the Nixon White House,

including illegal wiretapping,

burglaries and money laundering.
















James Fowler Ridgeway        USA        1936-2021


Writing for many publications,

he drew attention to neo-Nazis,

corporate polluters,

preening politicians and the practice

of solitary confinement.










Gerard Michael O’Neill        USA        1942-2019


investigative reporter and editor

for The Boston Globe

whose exposés included

the revelation that James (Whitey) Bulger,

Boston’s notorious crime boss,

was an informant for the F.B.I.










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Investigative journalism




The Media Equation

A Scandal in Chicago

That Justifies

Investigative Journalism


December 15, 2008

The New York Times



For the last few years, newspapers have been smacked around for lacking relevance, but the industry has finally found a compelling spokesman: Rod R. Blagojevich, Democratic governor of Illinois.

According to the criminal complaint that the United States attorney filed, Governor Blagojevich, while allegedly trying to set a price for a United States Senate seat, also spent a significant amount of time going after the press, especially The Chicago Tribune, whose editorial page had been calling for his impeachment.

The governor said he would withhold financial assistance from the Tribune Company in its effort to sell Wrigley Field unless the newspaper got rid of the editorial writers. “Our recommendation is fire all those [expletive] people, get ’em the [expletive] out of there and get us some editorial support,” he told his chief of staff, John Harris.

Who says the modern American newspaper doesn’t matter?

There is no evidence that Sam Zell, the chief executive of the Tribune Company, or any of his colleagues followed through on Mr. Blagojevich’s demand for retribution. (Gerould Kern, editor of The Chicago Tribune, told me Sunday, “Since I have been editor, I have not been pressured in any way on our coverage of the governor, our editorial page positions or the staffing of our editorial board.”)

The Tribune Company has acknowledged that that the company received a subpoena, but declined to comment further.

In a city and state where corruption is knit into the political fabric, a solvent daily paper would seem to be a civic necessity. But if another governor goes bad in Illinois — a likely circumstance given the current investigation and the fact that the last governor, George Ryan, is serving six and a half years on corruption charges — what if the local paper were too diminished to do the job?

It is not an academic issue. Last week, it was reported that the two daily newspapers in Detroit, a city whose politicians have been known to get their hands in the till as soon as voters pull the lever, will cease home delivery on most days of the week, printing a pared-down version for newsstands, with cuts in staff to match.

And last Monday, the day before Mr. Blagojevich and Mr. Harris were arrested, the Tribune Company, which has almost $13 billion in debt, filed for bankruptcy protection. It was less than a year after Mr. Zell, a man with a fondness for distressed assets, took control of the Tribune chain — which owned 11 other newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, and 23 television stations — in a deal structured around an employee stock ownership plan that involved $8 billion in new debt.

Things have not gone as planned since then. The worst ad recession since the Depression, combined with that crushing debt, has compelled the company to sell assets — Newsday, a daily newspaper in Long Island, was sold last spring for $650 million — and cut staff. The Chicago Tribune newsroom, which had a staff of 670 in 2005, has gone through several rounds of cutbacks and buyouts that left the newsroom with 480 employees.

Some of the losses have been dear. This summer, Maurice Possley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the paper’s premier criminal justice reporter, left, in part because he didn’t believe the newspaper was still interested in the kind of long-form investigative stories he worked on.

Last month, John Crewdson, another Pulitzer-winning reporter, was laid off from the newspaper’s Washington bureau. Two of the newspaper’s five staff members who covered state government full-time are now gone. Ann Marie Lipinski, the newspaper’s editor and a longtime enabler of The Chicago Tribune’s journalistic aggression, left last summer, and in September, a redesign with fewer articles arrayed over less space was put in place.

Almost since the day Mr. Blagojevich took office, The Tribune has shown readers that the governor’s primary interest was not always the public interest. And the paper’s reporting helped expose the outside clout of Antoin Rezko, the convicted fixer with ties to both Mr. Blagojevich and President-elect Barack Obama.

Although much of the current investigation is being led by the office of the United States attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald, the newspaper did its own work, including pointing out that the governor’s wife, Patti, received over $700,000 in real estate commissions, with much of the money coming from people who did business with the state. In the indictment, she too pays tribute to the newspaper’s effectiveness, shouting in the background as her husband talked about Tribune.

“Hold up that [expletive] Cubs [expletive],” she said. “[Expletive] them.”

It is the highest sort of compliment, if rather profane.

This week, Dan Mihalopoulos, Ray Long, John Chase, David Kidwell and others at the paper continued to work every angle on the Blagojevich investigation, and follow some of their own. But some people at the newspaper, and those who have left, wonder whether The Tribune’s commitment to covering corruption is sustainable.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the people that are there and the job that they have done,” said David Jackson, an investigative reporter who worked on the Rezko coverage and is now on a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard. “But both as a citizen and a journalist, you have to wonder whether the paper will have the resources moving forward to continue to do that work. I am worried that the paper will be so diminished under Zell that it won’t be able to play that role.”

Mr. Crewdson, who had worked in the Washington bureau, was not so concerned.

In an e-mail message, he said the financial condition of his former paper would not “have kept Fitzgerald from finding out what he wanted to know and going wherever he wanted to go.”

Financial problems aside, Mr. Zell has publicly ridiculed the focus on long-term investigative projects, telling a New York investors’ conference, “I haven’t figured out how to cash in a Pulitzer Prize.”

In a speech last month at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, James Warren, a former managing editor of the paper who was asked to leave after a new editor was appointed, denounced the shift away from investigative efforts.

“Journalistically, it is hard, even impossible, to imagine the current Tribune hierarchy, bent on what it sees as more ‘utilitarian’ and locally ‘relevant’ work, championing such a time-consuming, original and inherently catalytic effort,” he said.

Mr. Kern, the current editor, said that this week confirmed that The Tribune had the conviction and muscle to cover its backyard aggressively.

“This was an extraordinary week for The Chicago Tribune,” he said. “On Monday, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, and on Tuesday, this huge story broke. There are two messages there. One, that the business model has to be reinvented and two, the importance of doing public service reporting. In the future, we will be doing fewer things and doing them better, and this kind of reporting will be a pillar of what we continue to do.”

Mr. Possley, who left the newspaper last summer, said he was encouraged that someone, at least the current governor of Illinois, felt that the biggest daily in Chicago was important, however reduced its circumstance.

“What The Tribune was doing with its reporting and on its opinion page was clearly a source of deep concern to Blagojevich and in a sense, you love to see that,” he said. “You have to worry when they start not to care. Then they begin to act as if they are in a vacuum, and that won’t be good for anyone.”

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