A Q&A With the President of ProPublica - Richard Tofel

Aug 19, 2019

Last week local Non-Profit Aspen Journalism hosted a discussion with Richard Tofel, President of ProPublica. The discussion included a long Q&A session with the audience who asked questions ranging from liberal bias in media to the constraints of non-profit news organizations, and more. Click the headline for a list of questions asked and their timestamps.

Aspen Journalism Event with Dick Tofel at the Aspen Institute
Credit Lucas Turner

Questions & Timestamps: 

0:00-3:24 - Is there a liberal bias in the media?

3:24-6:33 - Does propublica feel threatened or afraid based on the current rhetoric about the media?

6:33-9:25 - How to reach people who believe everything you do is fake news?

9:25-11:10 - Do you worry about the talent pipeline into journalism today?

11:10-13:28 - Does the fact that you're a non profit in any way constrian the things that you publish?

13:28-16:37 - Has propublica been threated with a lawsuit related to the "Trump Inc" podcast?

16:37-18:19 - Have you thought about how to cover the "drama" coming out of the white house versus the actual policies?

18:19-19:58 - How has your approach to stories changed over the years? What makes a propublica story a propublica story?

19:58-21:51 - If a "tweet" is considered publication, why has Trump not been sued for his oft-tweeted falsehoods?

21:51-25:12 - What is your advice to local groups doing investigative journalism? How do they survive at a small scale?

25:12-27:33 - How do you contrast today's journalistic atmosphere with that of the yellow press in the 1890s?