Whistleblowers are important sources for investigative journalists. But that importance is not reflected in the levels of protection by journalists and esteem in society for whistleblowers.
The relationship between journalist and whistleblower is a sensitive one. Journalists need to be professional and skeptical with whistleblowers, yet many whistleblowers come away unhappy in their dealings with the media. What kind of responsibility should journalists have for source protection? How can we improve the fate of whistleblowers? What are best practices in protecting them? Those are some of the questions this panel will address.