Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Smoking Gun: Journalism in a Digital Age

A Decade of Achievement: The Park Scholars' Tenth Anniversary Speaker Series

Danny Green
"Google Isn't Everything: How inexperienced investigative journalists rely too much on the internet and not enough on the telephone"

Wednesday, November 15
7:30 p.m.
Park Auditorium

Danny Green '85 will be the inaugural speaker for the Park Scholar Program's Tenth Anniversary speaker series.

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Park Scholar Program is sponsoring a year-long and campus-wide speaker series that invites communications professionals to share their own experiences with one of the tenets of the Park Scholar Program--"media making a difference."

Some info on Danny Green:

Before Danny Green co-created The Smoking Gun web site (, he was a freelance journalist and editor who wrote for GQ, The Village Voice, New York magazine, Sports Illustrated, Ski and about 500 other publications.

He started The Smoking Gun with two business partners in 1997. The site, utilizing investigative reporting techniques and original source material such as police reports, court files, FBI dossiers and mug shots, has broken hundreds of stories that have been picked up by newspapers and television outlets around the world. Among our most well-known scoops: posting the sealed grand jury testimony in the Michael Jackson child molestation case, proving that "A Million Little Pieces" author James Frey had fabricated significant portions of his memoir and reporting that Rick Rockwell, the "prize" groom of Fox's "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire" once had a restraining order filed against him by his fiancée, who claimed Rockwell threatened to kill her.

Court TV purchased The Smoking Gun in 2000. It now receives about 40 million page views per month. "The Dog Dialed 911," the second Smoking Gun book, was released by Little, Brown in October.

Danny now acts as the site's director of development as well as working as an editor at He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.


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