Upcoming Events

 


DECEMBER


Journalism After Snowden

Finding and Protecting Intelligence Sources After Snowden
A lecture with James Bamford
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Yale Law School – 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT – Room 122

RSVP Required via Eventbrite

Whistleblowers are very rare, and it is even more rare when one comes knocking on your door as Edward Snowden did with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras.  Instead, journalists covering national security and intelligence need to develop sources from scratch.  And once developed, they need to be protected.  In his talk James Bamford will discuss some ways to develop sources and also ways to protect them.  He will also talk about Edward Snowden and his thoughts on sources and whistleblowers.  Bamford spent three days with him in Moscow last summer for a cover story in Wired magazine.

Bio:

James Bamford is an American bestselling author, journalist, and documentary producer widely noted for his writing about the United States intelligence agencies, especially the highly secretive National Security Agency.  The New York Times has called him “the nation’s premier journalist on the subject of the National Security Agency.”  And in a lengthy profile, The New Yorker referred to him as “the NSA’s chief chronicler.”  His most recent book, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA From 9/11 to The Eavesdropping on America, became a New York Times bestseller and was named by The Washington Post as one of “The Best Books of the Year.” It is the third in a trilogy by Mr. Bamford on the NSA, following The Puzzle Palace (1982) and Body of Secrets (2001), also New York Times bestsellers.

Throughout the 1990s, Mr. Bamford served as the Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings where he won a number of journalism awards for his coverage of national security issues. In 2005, he released A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq and The Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies, an examination of the intelligence community from the attacks of September 11 to the war in Iraq and was also a bestseller.

Mr. Bamford has written for the New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, TheAtlantic, Harpers, Rolling Stone, Wired, and many other publications. In 2006, he won the National Magazine Award for Reporting, the highest honor in the magazine industry, for his writing in Rolling Stone on the war in Iraq.  This past September he wrote a cover story for Wired magazine based on his three days in Moscow hanging out with fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the longest any journalist has spent with him there.  He also writes and produces documentaries for PBS, including The Spy Factory, based of his most recent book, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010.  And he is currently working on a new documentary for PBS on cyber warfare, which is scheduled to air early next year.

Mr. Bamford holds a Juris Doctor degree, was awarded a Polymer fellowship at Yale Law School last year, and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy as a distinguished visiting professor.

Space is limited and RSVP is required.

This lecture series is part of a book project titled Journalism After Snowden: The Future of Free Press in the Surveillance State, which will be published by Columbia University Press in the Fall of 2015.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Information Society Project of Yale Law School have partnered to present this series of 5 lectures as part of the larger Journalism After Snowden project this Fall.

Journalism After Snowden, supported by The Tow Foundation and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review.

 


Journalism After Snowden – In Defense of Leaks

A lecture with Jill Abramson
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Pulitzer Hall – 3rd Floor World Room

RSVP Required via Eventbrite

Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was the first woman to serve as Washington Bureau Chief, Managing Editor and Executive Editor. Before joining the Times, she spent nine years at The Wall Street Journal as the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and an investigative reporter covering money and politics. She is currently a lecturer with the department of English at Harvard University.

Space is limited and RSVP is required.

This lecture series is part of a book project titled Journalism After Snowden: The Future of Free Press in the Surveillance State, which will be published by Columbia University Press in the Fall of 2015.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Information Society Project of Yale Law School have partnered to present this series of 5 lectures as part of the larger Journalism After Snowden project this Fall.

Journalism After Snowden, supported by The Tow Foundation and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review.

 


Tow Tea: Understanding the Role of Algorithms and Data at BuzzFeed
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Brown Institute for Media Innovation
RSVP encouraged via Eventbrite

Ky Harlin, Director of Data Science for Buzzfeed will join us along with an editor and reporter from Buzzfeed. Together, they will help us understand the relationship between content and data—How does Buzzfeed predict whether a story will go viral?  What is shareability?  Do reporters and editors at Buzzfeed make editorial decisions based on input from data scientists who track traffic and social networks?  What is the day-to-day workflow like at Buzzfeed and how are methods employed different than those used in traditional newsroom settings?

Read more about Ky here: http://bit.ly/1n3xc3B

RSVP encouraged.  Tea, Coffee, and Dessert snacks will be served.

For questions about this event, please contact Smitha Khorana, Tow Center DMA, at sk3808@columbia.edu.