A master class on the connections between documentary filmmaking and investigative journalism

Internationally renowned investigative report Greg Palast runs this informal master class about the skills, strategies, tools, and conceptual thinking necessary to undertake investigative journalism that packs a punch and changes thinking. “The most important investigative reporter or our time, up there with Woodward and Bernstein” – The Guardian

Master Class with Greg Palast

Friday March 31
3-5 p.m.
Park Auditorium
Roy H. Park School of Communications
Ithaca College campus


Greg Palast's new documentary, VIGILANTE: GEORGIA'S VOTE SUPPRESSION HITMAN (2023) screens on Sat April 1 at Cinemapolis at 3 p.m. Screening is FREE. Watch the trailer HERE. 

About Greg Palast


Greg Palast is known for his investigative reports for The Guardian, BBC Television, Rolling Stone and his string of New York Times bestsellers including The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.

His latest film, “Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman” is narrated by Rosario Dawson and produced by Martin Sheen.

Palast and his hat have been seen on over 2000 media appearances. Pacifica Radio Network broadcasts his weekly Election Crimes Bulletin.

Palast is known for complex undercover investigations, spanning five continents, from the Arctic to the Amazon, from the Congo to California, using the skills he learned over two decades as an investigator of corporate fraud on behalf of the US Department of Justice, 20 attorneys general and governments from England to Brazil.

Palast, who earned his degree in finance at the University of Chicago studying under Milton Friedman, has led investigations of multi-billion-dollar frauds in the oil, nuclear, power and finance industries for governments on three continents. He also has an academic side as the author of Democracy and Regulation, a seminal treatise on energy corporations and government control, commissioned by the United Nations and based on his lectures at Cambridge University and the University of Sao Paulo.

Palast is Patron of the Trinity College Philosophical Society, an honor previously held by Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. His writings have won him the Financial Times David Thomas Prize.

Palast won the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award for his BBC documentary, Bush Family Fortunes. He has received the “Global Editors Award for Data Journalism” and “International Reporter of the Year” from the Association of Mexican Reporters.

His bestsellers have been translated into two dozen languages and films broadcast worldwide.

He has received the “Global Editors Award for Data Journalism” and “International Reporter of the Year” from the Association of Mexican Reporters.

About Todd Schack


Todd Schack is Associate Professor of Journalism in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. His essays have been published in Routledge Companion to American Literary Journalism (2020); Sex and Journalism: Critical, Global Perspectives (2019); Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism; Literary Journalism Studies; and Media, War and Culture. He is currently working on a book entitled The Crisis in Democracy is a Crisis in Journalism, focusing on journalists who have won an Izzy Award from the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM). His research focuses on Independent Media and Journalism History, Media Representations of the Wars on Terror and Drugs, Weaponization of Social Media & Rise of Illiberalism, Graphic Non Fiction/Comics Journalism, Music Journalism, and Literary/Narrative/Immersive Journalism.