Aug 2023: TSN at ONA, Unicorn Fund Award, WSFF – Meet us at GIJC23!

TSN, whistleblowers talk best journalist-source practices at ONA conference

Last week, The Signals Network joined two whistleblowers at the Online News Association conference in Philadelphia to speak about best practices for journalists working with whistleblower sources.

The panel featured TSN’s Director of Operations Rebecca Petras; Duc Luu, TSN board member and director of sustainability initiatives of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Journalism Program; #MeToo whistleblower Ali Diercks; and health care industry whistleblower Wendell Potter.

You can read more about the conversation and find a recording here.

Anika Collier Navaroli

Unicorn Fund awarded to Twitter whistleblower Anika Collier Navaroli

The nonprofit Media Democracy Fund has awarded Twitter whistleblower Anika Collier Navaroli the Unicorn Fund, as part of its project that identifies and supports those who inspire others to exercise courage in order to advance equity and justice.

Navaroli, who receives support from TSN, has also joined the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University Journalism School in New York, her alma mater, as a Senior Fellow.

Congratulations, Anika! Read more about her recent achievements here.

Whistleblower News

Whistleblower news roundup

  • The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Herman writes about how to be a tax whistleblower, plus the time and determination required for potential payoffs from the IRS.
  • From WSJ’s Justin Baer: A harrowing profile on how a Wall Street whistleblower’s life fell apart after he believed proxy firms were counting shareholder votes incorrectly, then reported it.
  • The Washington Post’s David Nakamura writes on how a whistleblower complaint about Booz Allen Hamilton’s billing practices led to a $377 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.
  • The Guardian’s Josh Halliday has an exclusive interview with a whistleblower doctor who accused the Countess of Chester Trust of failing to properly address concerns about a nurse who killed babies.
  • From the AP’s Josh Funk: Rail whistleblowers fired for voicing safety concerns despite efforts to end the practice of retaliation.


TSN speaks at D.C.’s Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival

Last month, TSN’s Rebecca Petras spoke at the opening plenary of the 11th annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival on Capitol Hill. The festival celebrates whistleblowers through their fascinating — and often very difficult — stories.

During the event, Theranos whistleblower Erika Cheung reflected on her years-long whistleblowing journey and those who helped her, including other whistleblowers and TSN.

Read more from the event, including Cheung and Petras’ remarks, here.

One last thing…

Our Executive Director Delphine Halgand-Mishra will be at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Sweden (GIJC23) from Sept. 20-22. If you’re planning to be there too, drop her a line at to meet up!

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