Live blogging from the 17th Annual Kesterton Lecture at Carleton University, featuring Martin Baron from the Washington Post.
Robyn Bresnahan from CBC will be here to chat with Martin Baron about his role in the famous Spotlight investigation and the future of journalism.
Martin Baron was the executive editor at the Boston Globe from 2001 to 2012.
The movie Spotlight is about a group of investigative journalists at the Boston Globe in 2002 who uncovered the large scope of sexual abuse that was committed by Catholic priests and how the Catholic Church attempted to conceal it at all costs.
Baron and his team of journalists won six Pulitzer Prizes during his time as editor of the Boston Globe.
Susan Harada, head of the journalism program at Carleton University speaks about the movie Spotlight and the future of journalism.
"Where Marty Baron goes, Pulitzer Prizes follow," says Allan Thompson.
Robyn Bresnahan is a Carleton journalism grad, she hosts the Ottawa morning show on CBC.
"I was labelled as an outsider," says Baron while talking about when he started at the Globe.
"I didn't decide to go after the Catholic Church, I decided to pursue a story," says Baron.
"I think people were stunned that I would bring this up on the first day, at the first meeting," says Baron.
Bresnahan and Baron talk about the day the first story broke, the reaction from the public, the effect that the investigation had on the Catholic Church.
Bresnahan asks about how the movie was received in Rome.
"The reception that they got in Rome from the press there was the warmest reception in all of the promotional events. I can only speculate, so I'll speculate, the press in Rome feel repressed by the presence of the church in many ways, and I think they like to be liberated from that," says Baron.
"If we don't do it, no one is going to do it," says Baron.
Bresnahan asks about the Washington Post's new building and digital journalism.
"People can collaborate more, we have more technology, it helps us do our jobs better," says Baron.
"I think the world has changed, and I think we just need to embrace it. It doesn't mean we have to give up our principles... but it means that we have to understand how communication has changed," says Baron.
Baron talks about how the real competition for journalism is the internet, facebook and google are great at targeting, sucking up advertising and readers.
Bresnahan talks about the cuts in journalism, asks Baron if there's anything that can save newspapers.
"We're going to try a lot of things and we'll see what works," says Baron.
"A man landed on the moon before we invented wheels on luggage," says Baron.
"Sometimes the answers are very simple, we should look at things like wheels on luggage," says Baron.
The floor has been opened for questions.
"One of the reasons why the church story had such an incredible impact was because it was read all around the world," says Baron.
Journalism student asked if Spotlight romanticized journalism.
Baron thinks that the movie was an accurate portrayal and that Spotlight shows how investigative journalism is a lot of hard work.
"I hope that it causes the public to reflect on the need to investigate," says Baron.
"From a very early age I wanted to be a journalist," says Baron.
"Be an optimist . . . there is no other option," says Baron.
"Just because it's difficult, incredibly difficult, doesn't mean it's impossible," says Baron.