May 2, 2016

Former ‘Spotlight’ Reporter Says Movie Shows Importance Of Investigative Reporting

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Matt Carroll, former Spotlight team member now at MIT.

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Matt Carroll, former Spotlight team member now at MIT.

Former Boston Globe Spotlight investigative reporting team member Matt Carroll told an IowaWatch audience about the importance of dogged investigative reporting before the audience viewed the Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight” in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, May 5.

An audience in Cedar Rapids listens to former Boston Globe Spotlight reporter Matt Carroll talk via Skype on May 5, 2016, about the Oscar-winning movie about the Spotlight team's investigation into priest sex abuse.

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An audience in Cedar Rapids listens to former Boston Globe Spotlight reporter Matt Carroll talk via Skype on May 5, 2016, about the Oscar-winning movie about the Spotlight team’s investigation into priest sex abuse.

The movie, which shows how the Globe’s Spotlight team devoted to investigative reporting uncovered priest sex abuse scandals, showed that importance, Carroll said via Skype.

Erin Jordan, investigative reporter for The Gazette and president of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism board of directors, interviewed Carroll before the center showed the movie at the C.S.P.S. Hall. The appearance and showing the movie were part of a fundraiser for the center, which runs IowaWatch.

 

ORIGINAL POST:
IowaWatch To Host ‘Spotlight’ Showing, Former Team Member Matt Carroll Thursday Night

Join us for an evening celebrating IowaWatch, a statewide non-profit news organization, as we talk live via Skype with a member of the Boston Globe Spotlight investigative reporting team that inspired the Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight”.

The event will be Thursday, May 5, at C.S.P.S. Hall, 103 Third St. SE, in Cedar Rapids.

Matt Carroll, who describes himself as a data geek, was one of the four people on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for exposing clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Carroll is played by Brian d’Arcy James in the movie “Spotlight”. The movie won the Academy Award’s top prize as best picture.

Although Carroll left the Boston Globe in 2014, he is probing the future of journalism at the MIT Media Lab. He writes the popular blog “3 for the week” that highlights a trio of stories, videos and data visualizations about the news media. Carroll also leads Hacks/Hackers Boston, a 1,300-person meet-up “which educates journalists about digital and technologists about media,” according to MIT.

IowaWatchLogoWithWebsiteIowaWatch, also known as the Iowa Center For Public Affairs Journalism, is a non-profit news organization. Its mission is to maintain an independent, non-partisan journalistic program dedicated to producing and encouraging explanatory and investigative journalism in Iowa, engaging in collaborative reporting efforts with Iowa news organizations and educating journalism students.

Proceeds from the event will benefit IowaWatch. To learn more about the organization and how you can support investigative journalism in Iowa, visit this link.

The $15 ticket price includes $5 for the movie and $10 for the discussion, desserts and support for IowaWatch. Reserve your seats now at Eventbrite. Or, buy tickets at the door until they run out.

This event is sponsored by Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., of Cedar Rapids, with ongoing support from The Gazette Company, of Cedar Rapids.

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