Holding Power Accountable: Reporting on Sexual Misconduct

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

Gerrard Hall

Event recording

About the event

In this rapidly changing environment, the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media will present a timely panel discussion for journalists, future journalists and news consumers. Holding Power Accountable: Reporting on Sexual Misconduct will bring together a group of reporters and researchers who have covered prominent sexual misconduct cases and who have navigated difficult ethical, legal and political issues.

Journalists from The New York Times, National Public Radio and The Hollywood Reporter will join a top media scholar for a public panel discussion presented by the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The event, part of the school’s “Holding Power Accountable” investigative reporting series, will be from 5-6:30 p.m. in Gerrard Hall.

The Hussman School established “Holding Power Accountable” workshops in 2009 to provide aspiring investigative journalists with inspiration and coaching. The workshops evolved into an annual series of conversations between journalism students and top professionals.

“The issue of sexual aggression in America’s newsrooms, boardrooms and corridors of power must be addressed directly with our students,” says Dean Susan King. “Bringing together nationally respected professionals who are working to shine a light on injustices in the workplace is one way that we are encouraging that dialogue here at the school.”  


David Folkenflik

David Folkenflik is the media correspondent for National Public Radio News, where he covers the stories of our time and the people who report them, and analyzes the tectonic shifts affecting the news industry. He is the author of “Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires.” He joined NPR after more than a decade at the Baltimore Sun. He started his professional career at the Durham Herald-Sun.

Barbara Friedman

Barbara Friedman is an associate professor at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Her research focuses on media and sexual violence. Friedman and her colleague Anne Johnston direct The Irina Project (TIP), which monitors media representations of sex trafficking and advocates for the responsible and accurate reporting of the issue.

Kim Masters

Kim Masters is editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter and host of “The Business“ on Los Angeles radio station KCRW. A former correspondent for NPR, she has also served as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Time and Esquire magazines; and was a staff reporter for The Washington Post. She is the author of “The Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of Michael Eisner and the Fall of Everybody Else,” and co-author (with Nancy Griffin) of “Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood.”

Emily Steel ’06

Emily Steel ’06 is a business reporter for The New York Times, where she has covered the media industry since 2014. In 2017, the Columbia Journalism Review cited Steel as one of their Journalists of the Year for her reporting (with Michael Schmidt) on Bill O’Reilly’s history of harassment and abuse at FOX News. A former Financial Times correspondent and Wall Street Journal reporter, Steel was nominated as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team at The Journal that created the “End of Privacy” series about the pervasive tracking of Americans online (2012).



Adam Hochberg

Adam Hochberg is an adjunct faculty member at the Hussman School and the editor for WUNC's American Homefront Project. He spent 15 years as a correspondent for NPR and his work has also been featured on CBS, ABC and PBS Newshour. Hochberg has coordinated several media collaborations including the State Integrity Investigations, a $1.5 million initiative sponsored by Public Radio International, the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. He is also a fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.




For more information

For more information about the public panel discussion, please contact Michael Penny at mpenny@email.unc.edu.