MT: The Catalyst Journalism Project is leading new journalists to go into the world with a new and important perspective — I believe it truly is sparking action and response to Oregon’s most perplexing issues. Understanding the value of investigative and solutions reporting is powerful, and it is an honor to be working with the project.
Taking investigative reporting with Brent Walth was one of the most challenging and rewarding courses of my college career. His class taught me what it means to look at the world around you and question how something is happening, compared to how it should be. His class taught me the indescribable value of public records, questioning those in authority and making sure to look twice when something seems wrong. I learned that there is so much in the world that I do not know, and it was humbling to realize that through the lens of powerful journalism. Investigative reporting was a perfect precursor to solutions journalism, as the two are the perfect combination for figuring out the where the world’s problems lie and then finding the ways people are seeking to solve them. He was, similarly to Kathryn Thier, an absolutely phenomenal professor. I am humbled to have learned from him.