Past Event

Investigative Reporting and Scrutiny over Trump-Russia Connections

April 17, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Columbia Journalism School, World Room

CCSI and Columbia Journalism School co-hosted a panel discussion with leading journalists, publishers and scholars on the ongoing investigations of President Donald Trump’s connections with Russia. The panel discussed the role of the mainstream media, social media, Congress, law enforcement, and the “deep state” in pursuing this investigation; alternative explanations for the observed level of collaboration between Putin and Trump team members; legal, professional, and other risks that journalists, publishers, academic researchers, lawyers, and law enforcement officials should be aware of in pursuing such topics. The panelists also responded to President Trump’s treatment of the media.

The panelists shared their first-hand experience reporting and investigating the Trump-Russia connection and the strategies deployed for social networks, web security, independent journalism and publishing. Though Trump-Russia connections is its focus, this panel discussion offered important strategies for other investigative reporting.

Giannina Segnini, Professor, Columbia Journalism School

James S. Henry, Senior Fellow, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Scott Horton, Professor, Columbia Law School

Louise Shelley, Professor, George Mason University

Charles Davidson, Publisher, The American Interest

David Cay Johnston, Investigative Journalist

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