Watching, listening: All part of the journalistic process

A student recently told me how much she learned by watching and listening to a reporter she was working with over several months. She said the reporter was patient and understanding during interviews. The reporter’s manner was a revelation, the student said, because these were characteristics others had warned her were not assets in journalism. …

Both sides use immigration as election tactic

Candidates from both parties in the upcoming midterm elections are using immigration to fire up their bases or paint negative images of their opponents. This is a marked change from the last midterm elections in 2014 when immigration wasn’t considered a top issue for the GOP. Some Democrats have pushed to abolish U.S. Immigration and …

What Woodward’s reporting style can teach young journalists

Coming of age as a young journalist is challenging during any time period, but it feels especially fraught in 2018. Some of the profession’s most respected names, from New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet to Washington Post Editor Marty Baron, have lamented the lack of trust in the mainstream news media and the “out …

Better together: Journalists and academics brainstorm ways to collaborate for more impact

Reporters and researchers can collaborate more extensively to shed light on issues the country’s workforce is facing, panelists said Friday at the Mind to Mind symposium. Journalists typically call academics to get quotes for their stories, and academics call journalists to ask them to write about their research papers, Christa Scharfenberg, CEO of Reveal from …

How WAMU and IRW reported ‘Collateral Damage’

The WAMU 88.5 series “Collateral Damage” focused on the impact of the D.C. police department’s aggressive focus on confiscating illegal guns. The investigation with the Investigative Reporting Workshop explored how tactics used by police to search for guns are also angering and alienating residents, especially in D.C.’s predominantly black neighborhoods where police focus these efforts. …

Jennifer LaFleur joins Workshop as data editor

Jennifer LaFleur joins the Investigative Reporting Workshop as its new data editor and the School of Communication at American University as a data journalist-in-residence today. LaFleur was previously senior editor for data journalism for the award-winning Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, which she joined in 2013, and where she worked as a senior …

IRE Watchdog Workshop for journalists comes to DC

Journalists looking to hone their investigative skills can learn from the pros at IRE’s Washington, D.C., Watchdog Workshop this weekend. The Investigative Reporters & Editors event includes panels and training sessions with veteran journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and others. Experts will explain how …

Flags on a damaged church after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria.

FRONTLINE, NPR, IRW collaborate on new program about Puerto Rico

More than seven months after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, damaging or destroying homes and demolishing much of the island’s infrastructure, more than a hundred thousand Americans are still without power, as part of the worst blackout in U.S. history. On Tuesday, May 1, in Blackout in Puerto Rico, FRONTLINE and …