A Fragile Trust Screening & Chat

May 9, 2014
4:00pm Eastern Time

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Friday, May 9th at 4pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT

Join the online screening of A Fragile Trust and chat live with filmmaker Samantha Grant, experts from the film, and a panel of journalists. Moderated by Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director of the PEW Research Center's Journalism Project.

Discuss the issues of media ethics and learn about the launch of the film's online news game Decisions on Deadline.

Watch a film preview: youtu.be/Si24TorAt7Q

Watch a trailer for the online game, Decisions on Deadline: youtu.be/R6fcADFRCuk


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Video Descriptions

A Fragile Trust | Decisions on Deadline Game | PBS

www.pbs.org/independentlens/fragile-trust/ Decisions on Deadline is a fun and fast-paced browser and tablet-based journalism game that puts players in the shoes of working journalists as they report on the daily drama of life in Southside, a fictional American town. A player plays the role of reporter working against the clock and under a strict budget to figure out the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of a breaking news story, all while navigating difficult ethical decisions facing all journalists working in the digital age. Should you use Twitter as a source? Should you accept a gift from a subject? Can you become Facebook friends with someone you're reporting on? These are just some of the questions DOD journalists need to consider as they sort through emails and voice messages, travel, conduct interviews and research, and review documents — all to get to the bottom of what really happened for any given assignment. Watch the documentary, A Fragile Trust on Independent Lens: www.pbs.org/independentlens/fragile-trust/ Learn more about "Independent Lens": www.pbs.org/independentlens Watch "Independent Lens" films online: video.pbs.org/program/1218239994/

A Fragile Trust

This film reveals the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times and the entire world of journalism. As an important chapter in the history of journalism, the Jayson Blair scandal is also a complex story about power, ethics, representation, race, and accountability in the mainstream media.

Duration: 77min 37sec


  • Mark Jurkowitz, PEW Research Center

    A long-time press writer, Mark Jurkowitz spent 10 years at the Boston Globe, first as the paper’s ombudsman and then as its first full-time media beat reporter. Jurkowitz is now associate director at the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project where he studies and writes about the changing news and information ecosystem, focusing on everything from media content analysis to the economics of a news industry in transition.


  • Samantha Grant

    Samantha Grant is the Director/Producer of A Fragile Trust, a journalist, and an educator. When she's not producing award-winning independent documentaries, you can find her lecturing at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford’s Knight Fellowship program.

  • Lena Williams

    A seasoned New York Times journalist and newspaper guild representative, Lena Williams was with Jayson Blair when the entire scandal came crashing down around him.

  • Richard Prince

    Richard Prince writes "Richard Prince's Journal-isms," a three-times-a-week column on diversity issues in the news media, for the Web site of the Maynard Institute of Journalism Education.

  • Megan Schumacher

    Megan Schumacher leads the Youth Journalism Initiative at the American Society of News Editors. She has designed, edited and reported at community newspapers in Missouri and Florida.

  • Trip Jennings

    The head of New Mexico In-Depth, which collaborates with journalists across the state to encourage in-depth reporting, Trip Jennings has reported for newspapers from Florida to California.

  • Macarena Hernandez

    The inspiring young heroine who embodies the ideals of journalism with her work ethic, eloquent writing, and empathic relationship to her subjects. Hernandez, like Blair, also got her start at The New York Times and is surprised when Blair unexpectedly turns up in her life under the worst possible conditions many years after they first met.

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