How Can Journalism Survive?

Watchdogs and whistleblowers: investigative journalism is at risk, threatening an important civic check to power. The Center for Investigative Journalism’s Joaquin Alvarado explains how we can strengthen and better support deep, independent journalism in an age of shortening attention spans and constricting media budgets by pioneering new ways of storytelling, civic engagement, and community service.


Chief Executive Officer at The Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, Ca. Before joining CIR, Joaquin served as senior vice president for digital innovation at American Public Media and founding senior vice president for diversity and innovation at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Alvarado holds a bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. He serves on the boards of TechSoup Global and DEI – the public broadcasting development association. He is the co-author of “Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art.” He lives with his wife and two children in Oakland.