Journalism in the Public Interest

The Financial Crisis As Conversion Experience – An Event

Updated April 1, 2013 with ticket RSVP information.

For some journalists, the 2008 financial crisis brought about something of a conversion experience regarding the role of the financial sector in society.  Other journalists, however, have not been significantly affected or altered their views.  To further explore this, ProPublica is proud to host an event with some top Wall Street journalists discussing the impact the crisis had on them and their work.

“The Financial Crisis as Conversion Experience: Did Wall Street Journalists Change Their Views?” will feature ProPublica senior reporter and “The Trade” columnist Jesse Eisinger, Thompson Reuters digital editor Chrystia Freeland, the New York Times “Common Sense” business columnist James B. Stewart, and Newsweek/Daily Beast “Asymmetrical Information” correspondent Megan McArdle.  Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon will serve as the moderator of the conversation.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 30 at 7pm at 20 Cooper Square on the 7th floor and will be free and open to the public.  If you would like to attend, please reserve your ticket here.  The dialogue will be streamed live and we will take questions from the public via Twitter and email.

We hope to see you there.

anne petrokubi

March 1, 2013, 1:27 p.m.

Please pursue subsidies for “too big to fail” banks and how to break up these banks.

Carola Von H.

March 1, 2013, 7:46 p.m.

I’d rather hear a panel of citizens discuss whether being forced to bail out the financial crisis caused by the Washington/Wall Street housing bubble, upped their cynicism level re fairness. And whether that level shot into the stratosphere when no major bubble players were criminally prosecuted.

Henry Franceschi

March 1, 2013, 9:38 p.m.

Could you not convince an international lawyer to discuss setting in motion a 21st Century counterpart to the war crimes trials at Nuremburg? It certainly seems time people worldwide took action on developing an international criminal court where companies and governments involved in plundering civilians’ assets could be tried and held personally responsible for “economic crimes against humanity” as they were at Nuremburg. Plundering was a criterion at Nurembury and the global financial crises of 1987, 1997 and 2007 - plus the rampant theivery governments condone daily then excue themselves with “we don’t have the budgets to pursue these cases” yet they never seem to fail to collect the crooks’ taxes - while simultaneously millions of civilians have their assets “plundered” with impunity. While aggressive war was the competitive modus operandi in the late 19th and 20th Centuries, aggressive economic plundering has become the modus operandi with globalization in the 21st Century. I would gladly donate to a Global Criminal Court and, with the Internet to spead the word, hopefully so would a billion or two abused world civilians.

Alexandra Kanik

April 8, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

Sounds like a great topic. How can a Pittsburgher access the live stream?

Perhaps you can dive in to the rise and role of data and how it helps support argument.

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