April 23, 2024

How to Turn your Reporting into an Emmy-winning Documentary

Congratulations to the makers of investigative documentary Firestone and the Warlord for winning two Emmys! Please come hear filmmakers Jonathan Jones and Marcela Gaviria talk about their reporting and see clips from the film.

In 2009,
Jonathan Jones won the OPC Foundation’s I.F. Stone scholarship for an essay he
wrote examining how the American company
Firestone managed to continue operating in Liberia during the country’s brutal
civil war. Fast forward six years, and a documentary based on his reporting has won two Emmy awards. The film, Firestone and the Warlord, was created
by ProPublica, PBS Frontline and Rain Media. Marcela Gaviria of Rain Media
produced the film, and won a citation for the OPC’s Edward R. Murrow Award this
spring. The team also took first place in the 2014 Investigative Reporters and
Editors award in the Large Multiplatform category, won an RFK Journalism Award
and were named a finalist in the International Category for a 2015 Gerard Loeb
Award. The Emmy winners will be announced Sept. 28.

Fresh from the Emmy ceremony, Jonathan
and Marcela will come to the OPC on Oct. 1 to screen clips from the documentary
and discuss how they turned a mountain of evidence into a compelling narrative.
The team used diplomatic cables, court documents and accounts from Americans
who ran a rubber plantation as Liberia descended into chaos.

Stop by for a reception at 6:00 p.m. The program will get underway at 6:30 p.m. 

To RSVP, call 212-626-9220 or send an email to RSVP@opcofamerica.org.

To watch the program live via Google Hangouts, click the window below during the program or watch the archive on YouTube.