Investigative journalism festival with Barbara Ehrenreich

with Erasmus Prize Foundation

On Friday November 23rd the Erasmus Prize Foundation and De Balie organise a one-day festival on investigative journalism in honour of Erasmus Prize winner 2018 Barbara Ehrenreich. On November 27th journalist and writer Barbara Ehrenreich (1941) will receive the Erasmus Prize at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The theme of this year’s Erasmus Prize is ‘The Power of Investigative Journalism’. Barbara Ehrenreich is commended for her courage in putting herself on the line in her journalistic work. By leading the life of people in precarious situations, she gives a voice to groups in society that would otherwise remain unheard, and she lets us see life as people on the underside of society live it.

The festival will shed light on the journalistic work of Ehrenreich and gives an insight into current developments in the field of research journalism. There will be several events, such as a masterclass for students and beginning journalists led by Barbara Ehrenreich and James Bloodworth, a panel on ‘best practices’ in the current field of research journalism and new successful journalistic networks. The day closes with an in-depth conversation between Joris Luyendijk and Barbara Ehrenreich, in which they will speak about Ehrenreich's personal motives and journalistic choices, accompanied by images and clips from her life and work. For more information on this specific evening with Barbara Ehrenreich and Joris Luyendijk you can click here.

Barbara Ehrenreich is a pioneer in the genre of investigative journalism. Her international breakthrough came in 2001 with her book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, for which she spent months trying to survive on her earnings from what society calls ‘unskilled work’. A common thread running through her impressive body of work is the deceptive myth of the American dream. Recurring themes in her essays and books are: the labor market, healthcare, poverty, and the position of women.

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During this part of the festival several investigative journalists will talk about their work and ‘best practices’. What methods do these journalists use? How do they choose their topics, and is it possible to come too close to your subject? Is a journalist just a spectator, or is there also a social duty that needs to be fulfilled?

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Joris Luyendijk meets Barbara Ehrenreich
Joris Luyendijk speaks with the American writer and journalist Barbara Ehrenreich on her life and work. On this evening there will be an in-depth conversation between Joris Luyendijk and Barbara Ehrenreich, in which they will talk about journalism in this day and age, and Ehrenreich's personal motives and journalistic choices in particular, accompanied by images and clips from her life and work.

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Masterclass with Barbara Ehrenreich & James Bloodworth on Investigative Journalism
This Masterclass is especially aimed at (beginning) research journalists. Barbara Ehrenreich was one of the first journalist who practiced ‘immersive journalism’. She will be joined by investigative journalist James Bloodworth, who recently wrote the book ‘Hired’. For this book, Bloodworth went six months undercover in low-wage Britain.

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This masterclass is a closed event.

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