Category Archives: Media

Proving the value of investigative reporting

It’s an amazing time for investigative reporting.

Sometime back, I commented here that President Trump has a lot to learn. In particular, I observed that barring certain reporters or publications from his press conferences wouldn’t do anything to block their ability to report on his administration.

And that’s certainly been proved to be the case with the reporting “war” between the Washington Post and the New York Times pushing all the large national news organizations to up their reporting games!

This past week was an amazing whirl of investigative revelations.

And we’re the ones who benefit!

And beyond the news, good commentary about the news. For example:

NY Times: “Washington Post, Breaking News, Is Also Breaking New Ground

CNN: “Journalism’s epic week: surprises, scoops and a newspaper war “The Washington Post’s Marty Baron on the Importance of Investigative Journalism

Aljazeera: “The increasing importance of investigative journalism

Anyway, it’s Saturday. Have fun out there.

A great example of sleuthing using social media

I love to learn new investigative approaches, so was fascinated by this description of digging through social media to track a person’s “hidden” account (“This Is Almost Certainly James Comey’s Twitter Account“). The article by Ashley Feinberg appeared on Gizmodo a couple of weeks ago.

In just four hours, and with minimal clues, the author was able to follow thin threads back to Comey’s previously anonymous account.

It took a bit of research into Comey’s background and personal life, then combing social media for accounts of family members, then some tricks based on idiosyncrasies of specific sites.

Anyway, it’s an example of great sleuthing, and a very good read.

What newspapering used to look like

[text]Here’s a great look inside the production of the New York Times in a series of photos from 1942. The photographs are in the Library of Congress collection. They were recently featured on Mashable, and then picked up by Digital Photography Review, where I first saw them.

Things have changed a bit in 75 years!

When did the Honolulu newspapers move away from the traditional typesetting to computers? Anybody recall?

Throwback Thursday: Freedom of the Press Award – 1985

In March 1985, I received a “Freedom of the Press Award” from the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. At the time, I was working as director of Common Cause Hawaii, and was heavily involved in lobbying for strengthening amendments to laws providing public access to government meetings and records.

According to a Honolulu Advertiser article about the award:

Ian Lind, executive director of Common Cause/Hawaii, was honored by Hawaii’s professional journalists yesterday for “taking a strong stand for freedom of information and rigorously supporting an independent press, often in unpopular circumstances.

Howard Graves, president of the Hawaii chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, told an audience of about 70 that Lind is “an industrious foe of closed government” and “a nagging toothache in the centers of power.”

That’s about the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me!

After the event, I visited my parents. The photo was taken at their house in Kahala, looking out into the back yard. A weird time warp, since it’s now our house and our back yard, very different (after renovations) but also the same.

SPJ Hawaii award