Filmmaker Samantha Grant to speak, screen documentary on Jayson Blair scandal

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Samantha Grant will speak at Yale on Thursday, Oct. 16 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Samantha Grant

Grant will discuss her work at a Pierson College master’s tea at 4 p.m. and then present a screening of her 2013 film, “A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times,” at 7 p.m. at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

A graduate of Yale College, Grant majored in American studies and literature before pursuing her Master of Journalism degree at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Since that time Grant has worked primarily as a director and producer of independent documentaries. Her clients at her San Francisco-based production company GUSH have included MTV, ABS, PBS, CNN, NPR, Frontline, and Al Jazeera International. In 2007, Grant was named a Carnegie/ Knight fellow as part of the News 21 Initiative on the Future of Journalism, and in 2011 she was named a BAVC Mediamaker Fellow.

In addition to actually producing and directing films, Grant remains committed to teaching others the art as well. She is currently working to create the education alternate reality game Decisions on Deadline, which teaches journalism ethics through an interactive and entertaining experience. She also lectures regularly at the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford’s Knight Fellowship program.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Michael Forsythe, Seymour Hersh, and Emily Nussbaum.

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