Author, Speaker, Trainer and founding member of The Stakeholder Media Project and the GIJN
Mark Lee Hunter is a founding member of The Stakeholder Media Project and the GIJN, and the author of “Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists” (UNESCO 2009).
He is the founding academic director of the Future Media Management Programme at Stockholm School of Economics Riga. He has lectured in 40 countries on five continents. In 2018 he led an eight-country investigation of the Common Agricultural Policy, sponsored by Greenpeace. His most recent book, with Luk N. Van Wassenhove and Maria Besiou, is Power is Everywhere: How stakeholder-driven media build the future of watchdog news (Stakeholder Media Project, 2017). Like Story-Based Inquiry, it is a free download. His other books include a case-cracking investigation of a murder that implicated the top ranks of the Paris art world and government, and an inquiry into France’s extreme right party, the National Front, that included sitting on its education council as a declared observer. His books The Hidden Scenario and The Story Tells the Facts, co-authored with Luuk Sengers, focus on conceiving, structuring and composing fact-based narratives.
He has won two Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards (for reporting and research on journalism), along with the Sigma Delta Chi Award for research on journalism, the H.L. Mencken Free Press Award for investigation of government abuses, the National Headliners and Clarion Awards for feature writing, and two EFMD Awards for case-writing on business issues. His documentary on France’s alcohol lobby, Liquorgate (Arte), was selected for the FIPA international festival.
When not working, he plays slide guitar in The Muckrakers and other bands.
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