Journalism in 10: Jane Mayer on Protecting Sources

Journalism in 10: Jane Mayer on Protecting Sources

Journalism in 10: Jane Mayer on Protecting Sources

The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer reflects on the perils of reporting in a post-9/11 world.


It is no secret that American media is in turmoil, with many longstanding fixtures in print journalism either folding or forced to layoff staff. Each week, we’ve had a different media insider will offer their perspective on what media will look like in 5, 10, or 15 years–and what will become of investigative journalism. The series includes commentary from John Nichols, Dan Rather, Jane Mayer, Victor Navasky, Ana Marie Cox, David Schimke and Nick Penniman.

This week, The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer discusses the issues that come up when working on stories that fall under the category of “national security.” Speaking at The Nation‘s “What Will Become of Media” salon in the fall of 2009, she discusses the lingering chill of 9/11 on journalistic freedom and freedom of the press, highlighting the risks faced by anonymous sources and whistleblowers.

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John Nichols, The Nation.

Nick Penniman, Huffington Post Investigative Fund.

Ana Marie Cox, Air America and MSNBC.

Mark Luckie,

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