The director of the media and communications program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Anya Schiffrin, interacted with Takshashila scholars and staff on 06 July 2016. Professor Schffirin spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000.
The discussion was based on her recent book, “Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World”. The book collects 47 significant works of investigative journalism from all continents. She spoke about her experiences in curating stories that had disrupted establishments and brought about change, particularly in the Global South. “I got a tsunami of corruption stories. Stories based on corruption are the most important but the least read,” she said speaking about the process of selection. While the stories pan over the last century, themes such as labour abuse, state violence and rural life share common threads.
Professor Schiffrin also spoke with the audience about the changing trends of journalism, media advocacy and issues in India.