Did someone say Spotlight?


Miami University’s Department of Media, Journalism & Film will host the real Walter “Robby” Robinson of “Spotlight” fame March 8. Robinson, portrayed in the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Keaton, will speak to several classes and present “Spotlight on Spotlight” at 4 p.m. in the Armstrong Student Center’s Pavilion rooms.

In anticipation of his visit, several MJF faculty members have assigned students to read some of the Boston Globe’s original coverage of the priest pedophile scandal, as well as a comprehensive Columbia University-produced case study related to its Spotlight team. Need a reminder of the importance of deep, investigative work in American journalism? Watch the film. Read the coverage. Read the case study. And if you are anywhere near Oxford, Ohio, March 8, join us to welcome Robby Robinson.

(Just in: As the nation recalls the Catholic church scandal in Boston, a Pennsylvania grand jury on Tuesday released a 147-page report alleging that some 50 priests and other religious leaders in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese abused hundreds of children over four decades. Coverage of the report notes that journalists who cover the central Pennsylvania community have been writing about the scandal there for years.)


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