Spotlight on ‘Spotlight’: Matt Carroll talks future of investigative journalism, Academy Award-winning movie

The Chronicle

By Kenrick Cai | Thursday, September 29

The real-life investigative reporter in “Spotlight” offered an inside look into the Academy Award-winning movie and the story behind it Wednesday night.

Matt Carroll—former database reporting specialist for The Boston Globe investigative team called Spotlight and self-professed “data geek”—discussed the team’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that uncovered pervasive child sex abuse within the Boston Catholic Church and “Spotlight,” the 2015 film made about it. Sponsored by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, the event was held in the Sanford School of Public Policy for an audience of about 40 people.

“This whole movie thing was a total whirlwind,” Carroll said. “I was talking to my wife about it, and she said the Pulitzer was a big deal for a weekend. This was a big deal for months.”

The Boston Globe published about 600 stories related to the sexual abuse scandal throughout 2002. Carroll spoke of the drastic effects the articles had on the Boston community just two or three days after the first article was released.

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