Our Purpose

Watchdog journalism is the cornerstone of what we do. It is essential to our core purpose as a company, which is to support the greater good in our communities and across the nation.  It is the reason many journalists were drawn to this profession.

With the 40th anniversary of the Watergate investigation here, many, including one of the Watergate editors, feel the state of watchdog journalism is critically weak.

That’s why Gannett is investing so heavily in over 60 journalists to participate in, and report from, the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Boston. This includes 30 who earned full-ride scholarships because of their commitment to and history of great watchdog work.

Thursday and Friday we will host a handful of exclusive interviews with great journalists who have either won or been finalists for Pulitzer Prizes. These will be intimate, 15-minute sessions from which we can all draw lessons and inspiration.

Check the Interviews area of this blog during the conference Thursday-Saturday.  

Scheduled to be interviewed:

  • Len Downie of the Washington Post (Pulitzer winner)
  • Manny Garcia of El Nuevo Herald (Pulitzer winner)
  • Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Pulitzer winner)
  • Mark Horvit of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE)
  • Corey Johnson of California Watch (Pulitzer finalist)
  • Tom Frank of USA TODAY (Pulitzer finalist)
  • Ken Armstrong of the Seattle Times (Pulitzer winner)