Heaney to lecture at Chautauqua

Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney is teaching a three-day class on the media next month at the Chautauqua Institution.

Here’s the synopsis for Heaney’s class, entitled The Media In Crisis: Causes and Consequences:

Journalism is in crisis, and with it, democracy. We’ll examine the economic, social, political and technological forces that have undermined mainstream media outlets at both the local and national level, and explain the ramifications on civil society. We’ll also examine the rise of nonprofit news outlets and their growing reach and influence.

Heaney is the founder, editor and executive director of Investigative Post, a nonprofit investigative reporting center based in Buffalo that’s been publishing since 2012. His noteworthy stories include exposing corruption in the Buffalo Billion program.

He was previously an investigative reporter with The Buffalo News, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reporting on slum housing.

Heaney’s class will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, Wednesday, July 13, and Thursday, July 14. The cost is $85. 

Full details can be found here. Early enrollment is strongly encouraged.

Chautauqua offers programming during the summer based on weekly themes. The theme of Week 3, when Heaney will hold class, is The Future of Human Rights. Evening entertainment options that week include concert performances July 12 by Cheryl Crow and Keb’ Mo’.