The Investigative Reporting Workshop’s Blogs

Exemption 10

No, government is not too open

March 13-19 was Sunshine Week — a nationwide celebration of access to public information. Across the country, the week was marked by panel discussions, workshops and other events about using and understanding the latest developments in freedom-of-information resources. One of those was an event at the University of Missouri in which Charles Lewis, the Workshop's executive editor, argued that government has not become too transparent.

iFOIA's new site features tracking

Since 1996 the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has offered a free letter-generating service to provide users with the correct language and structure for FOIA requests. Over the past year the committee looked for ways to expand this tool to better serve reporters. In recognition of the fact that a single investigation can require hundreds of FOIA requests, they sought to make it easier for journalists to track and organize records requests.

“Reporters are always trying to remember where they’ve submitted requests, how much time has passed since they made the request and who they need to follow up with,” said Emily Grannis of the new ifOIA website.

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Shop Notes

Charles Lewis travels to Oxford

Executive Editor Charles Lewis will travel to a conference at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism to talk about the future of investigative journalism and collaboration. 

Trust remains a key problem for journalists

Easy solutions were not in sight when Google News and NPR looked at the future of journalism and restoring the public's trust in media.

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Incubating new economic models for journalism.

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Asian journalists wrestle with new rules

Indonesia, the Philippines and South Korea news organizations face new challenges online as their governments now include internet activity in their regulatory structures. What used to be a niche for independent media has instead become a new battleground for freedom of expression. 

Seven signs Cuban media is moving toward openness

While it’s too soon to tell if a true sea change is in the works, here are seven relatively recent shifts in the Cuban mediasphere. Many of them would have seemed inconceivable just a few years ago and bear watching in the future.

Blogs

Most Recent Posts

Charles Lewis travels to Oxford

Executive Editor Charles Lewis will travel to a conference at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism to talk about the future of investigative journalism and collaboration. 

Trust remains a key problem for journalists

Easy solutions were not in sight when Google News and NPR looked at the future of journalism and restoring the public's trust in media.

Panel weighs future of education under Trump presidency

President-elect Donald J. Trump didn't spend much time on the campaign trail discussing education, but experts say the White House's policy agenda — coupled with Republican control of Congress — could have a big impact on the nation's schools. 

What we're reading: Children, guns, environment stories humanize problems

The next president will surely need to grapple with the difficult topics of gun control, climate change and opioid abuse. In anticipation, The Investigative Reporting Workshop shares its picks for pieces that tell the human story behind these policy issues and more.

What we’re reading: Bulletproof journalism

A thorough understanding of media law can transform the way reporters both read and write, particularly when it comes to long-form, investigative work. This type of reporting requires the most bullet-proofing in terms of libel and defamation suits. From crime reporting to election coverage, we've dug up examples of so-called "bulletproof journalism."  

Partners

Workshop Partners

We publish online and in print, often teaming up with other news organizations. We're working now on a new program with FRONTLINE producers, to air later in the year, and on the "Years of Living Dangerously," a series on climate change that has begun airing on Showtime. A story last year on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers was co-published with The New York Times. Our updates to our long-running BankTracker project, in which you can view the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country, have been published with msnbc.com, now nbcnews.com, and we co-published stories in our What Went Wrong series on the economy with The Philadelphia Inquirer and New America Media. Our graduate students are working as researchers with Washington Post reporters, and our new senior editor is a member of the Post's investigative team. Learn more on our partners page.

Projects

Investigating Power update

Investigating Power update

Profiles of notable journalists and their stories of key moments in U.S. history in the last 50 years can be found on the Investigating Power site. See Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis' latest video interviews as well as historic footage and timelines. You can also read more about the project and why we documented these groundbreaking examples of original, investigative journalism that helped shape or change public perceptions on key issues of our time, from civil rights to Iraq, here.