Connections: Monthly Media Roundtable - Spotlight, the Film

Dec 1, 2015

Our monthly media panel discusses the film, Spotlight, a new drama about the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” investigative team that from 2001-2002 uncovered a pattern of sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests in Massachusetts. The team’s story, which exposed the cover-up by the Boston Archdiocese, won the Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

The Spotlight team devoted more than a year of reporting to publish the story. This raises questions about journalism today, where budget cuts and the threat (and reality) of layoffs impact the time and resources devoted to stories. We talk about the state of today’s newsrooms and the ongoing struggle for dollars and resources. Our guests:

  • Sean Lahman, Watchdog reporter, Democrat and Chronicle
  • Justin Murphy, education reporter, Democrat and Chronicle
  • Steve Orr, Watchdog reporter, Democrat and Chronicle
  • Scott Pukos, public relations coordinator, The Little Theatre