Communication presence at International Conference on Investigative Journalism & Human Rights

Karin Becker, UND communication graduate student and journalism instructor and Richard Shafer, UND professor of journalism for the Communication Program, presented at two panels at the Holding Power to Account: International Conference on Investigative Journalism and Human Rights, in Winnipeg June 13 to 15. Becker’s presentation was on “Secrets and Transparency in the Oil Industry”, and addressed media coverage of the Bakken oil boom. She focused on related economic growth, social impacts and environmental cover-ups. Becker said these are the dominant media stories of the oil boom in North Dakota but added that there are also untold boom stories, including on transparent business practices by oil companies. Shafer’s presentation on the panel “Investigative Journalism in Former East Bloc Countries” focused on his decade long research on the press in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Baltics. Also on the panel were two Ukrainian broadcast journalists who have been covering recent political and military events in Ukraine.

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