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4/2/2009 Weinberg to speak on importance of investigative journalism

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     McMINNVILLE – Author and journalism professor Steve Weinberg will present “Why You Need Investigative Journalism, Even If You Don’t Know You Need It,” on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room in Pioneer Hall at Linfield College.

     The event is free and open to the public.

Weinberg, a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, will talk about the role of journalism, particularly investigative journalism, in a democratic society. He will give examples of reporting that brought important issues to the public’s attention and ultimately led to government actions.

     Weinberg is one of the nation’s most knowledgeable people regarding investigative reporting, according to Brad Thompson, associate professor of mass communication at Linfield.

     “He has practiced it, supervised it, studied it, taught it and written about it,” Thompson said. “With the news industry in flux today, no topic could be more timely or as important for a self-governing society.” 

      Weinberg joined the Missouri School of Journalism faculty in 1978 as director of its Washington, D.C., reporting program. He served as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., a professional organization that is headquartered at the school. He is the author of eight books, including "The Reporter's Handbook: An Investigator's Guide to Documents and Techniques" (St. Martin's Press) and "Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller" (W.W. Norton). 

     Weinberg supplements his book writing with freelance magazine features, newspaper op-ed pieces and book reviews. He holds a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism.

     For more information, contact Thompson at 503-883-2291 or