Shawn McIntosh

Shawn McIntosh is a deputy managing editor, overseeing investigative reporting and data journalism.

Latest from Shawn McIntosh

Opinion: Doctor sex abuse makes headlines again
 The latest story on doctor sex abuse is particularly horrifying. In a sentencing hearing this week, dozens of young women detailed the terrible consequences of Dr. Larry Nassar’s abuse as a physician for USA Gymnastics, the organization that governs competitive gymnastics and trains Olympics gymnasts. Young women testified of abuse...

5:00 AM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

The latest story on doctor sex abuse is particularly horrifying. In a sentencing hearing this week, dozens of young women detailed the terrible consequences of Dr. Larry Nassar’s abuse as a physician for USA Gymnastics, the organization that governs competitive gymnastics and trains Olympics gymnasts. Young women testified of abuse...
Opinion: Journalists uncover the untold stories — and love doing it
 What kind of person would spend a few hours every morning for months surfing the website of obscure regulatory agencies and reading allegations of wrongdoing? What kind of person would repeatedly knock on doors of places where they know they are not welcome and are likely to get at least some doors slammed in their face? What kind of person...

10:55 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

What kind of person would spend a few hours every morning for months surfing the website of obscure regulatory agencies and reading allegations of wrongdoing? What kind of person would repeatedly knock on doors of places where they know they are not welcome and are likely to get at least some doors slammed in their face? What kind of person...
Opinion: Podcast format improves journalism, journalists
 One recent morning, I joined two super-talented AJC employees hard at work in a Midtown recording studio. Johnny Edwards, an investigative reporter, was in a sound booth reading a script he had prepared for a new episode of Breakdown, our popular podcast in its third season. Richard Halicks, a seasoned editor and our podcasting leader...

4:00 PM Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

One recent morning, I joined two super-talented AJC employees hard at work in a Midtown recording studio. Johnny Edwards, an investigative reporter, was in a sound booth reading a script he had prepared for a new episode of Breakdown, our popular podcast in its third season. Richard Halicks, a seasoned editor and our podcasting leader...
OPINION: Reporting that safeguards the public’s interest
 I’m not going to write this week about President Trump’s rocky relationship with the news media. I could — it would certainly be timely. Sunday began Sunshine Week, an annual commemoration of the importance of government transparency and access to public information about how government works. The American Society of...

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017

I’m not going to write this week about President Trump’s rocky relationship with the news media. I could — it would certainly be timely. Sunday began Sunshine Week, an annual commemoration of the importance of government transparency and access to public information about how government works. The American Society of...
Unearthing problems can help solve them

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

Imagine that you are the victim of a vicious attack. You go to the hospital and physical evidence is taken so that police can use modern DNA testing to solve the case. Instead, that evidence sits in a file cabinet for years. The case remains unsolved and you don’t even know what’s going on. That probably happened to some women...
Stories that caused change

3:13 PM Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

Every journalist has a sense of mission and passion for improving our community, and that’s the goal of our accountability and investigative reporting.  Often, investigative reporting takes years to spur change, like the AJC’s coverage of the Atlanta schools cheating scandal. Other times, the change is more immediate, like...
Crash at PDK airshow
From the scene Saturday, May 14, 2016, after a plane crash during an airshow at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport.

10:20 PM Saturday, May. 14, 2016

From the scene Saturday, May 14, 2016, after a plane crash during an airshow at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport.
Freedom of press belongs to all

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 05, 2016

The headline was pretty alarming, even by pundit standards. “Donald Trump has just declared his intent to destroy American democracy,” The Washington Post item read. It was an opinion piece, by Erik Wemple, who covers media for The Post. And it detailed comments by the Trumpster at a Fort Worth rally, when he said he wants to...
Investigative reporting lights dark corners

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 02, 2016

I took a special interest in Thursday’s front page story about a review of Georgia’s prison medical care, prompted by an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation. It illustrated a pattern that is unfortunately too typical in our investigative reporting: We dig into problems and the government stalls and avoids our questions...
News travels more widely today

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 25, 2015

One of the things that’s so different about digital journalism is the metrics. In the old days of print-only journalism, we knew how many papers we printed each day, but we didn’t know how many people actually read those newspapers. Now, in the world of all things digital, we have far more information than we could have ever imagined...