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America's Watchdogs: Investigative Reporting in a Changing Media Environment with James Grimaldi

Fifty and Better Special Lecture

America's Watchdogs: Investigative Reporting in a Changing Media Environment with James Grimaldi

Pulitzer Prize-winning senior reporter for The Wall Street Journal, James Grimaldi comes to Cal Lutheran to deliver a special lecture on investigative reporting in a changing media environment.

Journalism is under extreme pressure in 2024 with advertising dollars declining and Big Tech monopolies siphoning millions of dollars in revenues out of the news business. Yet, despite these onerous financial times, American investigative journalism is thriving. Technology, new tools, databases and access to information online have made the skills of investigative reporters more valuable than ever. And while artificial intelligence poses a new threat to journalism, investigative reporters are optimistic they will survive even AI’s voracious appetite. Grimaldi will walk through this tricky media landscape and offer us hope for why investigative journalism will prosper and perhaps offer a solution to save our democracy. 

James V. Grimaldi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at The Wall Street Journal investigations desk and is based in Washington, D.C., where he has written accountability stories about money, politics, government, charities, lobbying and campaigns.

His work with a WSJ team won the 2023 Pulitzer for investigative reporting after finding thousands of senior federal officials investing in companies they regulated. That investigation followed an award-winning series a year earlier exposing more than 150 federal judges who owned shares of companies at the same time those companies had matters in their courtrooms. He and two colleagues won the investigative-reporting Pulitzer in 2006 for exposing the Jack Abramoff bribery scandal. 

The event is from 10 a.m. to noon (Zoom PDT) or in-person in Ullman Conference Center on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The Fifty and Better (FAB) program was designed for people 50+ years of age, seeking intellectual stimulation through university level courses (without the pressure of grades) for the sake of learning and social engagement.

Registration required.  


Register by June 18 at 3 p.m.

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