Upon his election in 2008, President Obama listed his promises to protect federal whistle-blowers and inspire a new level of openness in government in an agenda on Change.gov. The agenda describes federal whistle-blowers as “watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance.”
The ideal whistle-blower is a martyr who plays by the rules. He values the public interest more than personal security, so when he notices waste, fraud or abuse on the job, he consults his superiors. That’s where Edward Snowden is different, said Angela Canterbury, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight.
For decades, journalism schools followed one step behind the industry. But the evolution of technology in the ’90s that disrupted traditional newsrooms gave some schools the chance to get ahead. “We saw the opportunity to not just keep up with the news industry, but to have a leadership role in that,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
September 10th, 2013 • Quill Archives
Best Practices for Minimizing Your Digital Security Risk
For the first five years Steve Doig spoke at Investigative Reporters and Editors conferences, he talked to a half-empty room of chairs about keeping sources and secrets safe. But at the recent June conference, more than 80 people packed into his presentation room and fought for 50 seats, finding room on the floor when the chairs were full.