Posted: Oct. 23, 2016 | Tags: journalism
Journalist Gavin MacFadyen
A leading and memorable figure in investigative journalism, Gavin MacFadyen, 76, died in London Saturday after a short illness. His wife, creative producer Susan Benn, the founder and president of the Performing Arts Lab there, survives him.
Gavin, according to his IMDb profile, was a senior director/producer, and he worked on over 50 investigative television programs, for PBS FRONTLINE, Granada Television’s "World in Action," the BBC’s programs "Fine Cut," "Panorama," "The Money Programme" and "24 Hours," and British Channel 4’s "Dispatches." He investigated and reported on such stories about child labor ...
Posted: Oct. 21, 2016 | Tags: Charles Lewis
Photo by Jeff Watts, AU
Terrorism, corruption and the future of democracy — those are some of the topics that will be addressed at the Integrity20 conference in Brisbane, Australia, from Oct. 24-26. The conference aims to assemble “20 of the world’s most unique, courageous and provocative minds” to discuss some of the most important problems the world faces. One of the speakers will be Charles Lewis, the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop.
“I will talk about why the U.S. elections are so astonishingly different from elections in other major countries,” Lewis says. He ...
“If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”
— President Lyndon Johnson, 1968
Top journalists came together in Washington recently to remember the life and impact of news anchor Walter Cronkite, a journalist once known as “the most trusted man in America.”
For decades, Cronkite defined broadcast journalism. He was the anchor who told America about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the death of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, the first walk on the moon. He was the reporter who brought the Watergate scandal to a national audience when other networks were too afraid ...
Posted: Oct. 17, 2016 | Tags: elections
New York Times photo
The 2016 presidential election’s effect on free speech comes with a good-news-bad-news message: The Supreme Court is likely to continue protecting free speech for reporters and the public, but “secrecy creep” will probably worsen in executive agencies and the White House.
A bipartisan trend towards less transparency, “secrecy creep” results in less information for the press and the public, Katie Townsend, litigation director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said. She made her comments during a National Press Club Journalism Institute panel discussion Wednesday.
Photo by Delane Rouse/DC Corporate ...
Posted: Oct. 4, 2016 | Tags: media law
Illustration by Ben Fall, IRW
From bias and free speech to copyright and censorship, issues in media law dominated a daylong session at the National Press Club recently.
“Media Law for Journalists: A legal workshop and editorial roundtable” was designed to teach journalists and journalism students how to protect themselves from libel accusations, violations of privacy and reputational harm. The program was run by the Media Law Resource Center, which is hosting a similar session at Boston University Oct. 17.
The first question on the agenda: "How do journalists get into trouble for their content?" Tips from the experts follow ...
Posted: Sept. 29, 2016 | Tags: BankTracker
Our BankTracker report has been updated with the latest figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to reflect the second quarter ending in June 2016. BankTracker traces the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country.
Banks have declined by more than 27 percent since the Great Recession began in December 2007. But total assets, capital, deposits, profits and reserves have all collectively improved, according to an in-depth analysis of FDIC data by the Workshop published earlier this year.
The most recent data were analyzed by Wendell Cochran, the creator of the project and the Workshop ...
Posted: Sept. 27, 2016 | Tags: Islamophobia
Photo by Maria Bryk, Newseum
Engy Abdelkader and fellow panelists encourage journalists to improve coverage by featuring stories on daily life.
Journalists and scholars of Islam explored the bias Muslims face and how the media influences both public opinion and global politics in “Islamophobia in Focus” last week at the Newseum.
Research shows that 9 out of 10 news stories about Islam involve terrorism and violence. The one-hour conversation was moderated by Engy Abdelkader, a researcher for Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative, and featured John Esposito, Arsalan Iftikhar, Dalie Mogahed, Ayman Mohyeldin and Roland Schatz, who explored how the media ...
Posted: Sept. 20, 2016 | Tags: journalism
Longtime Washington Post reporters Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher said most of their 20 hours of interviews with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took place in his lavish Trump Tower office in New York City with a grand view of Central Park. They described those encounters and their reporting to a full house at The Washington Post recently, where they talked about the presidential candidate and their new book, “Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Money, Ego and Power,” (Scribner, 448 pages).
As they watched his campaign unfold, Kranish and Fisher developed a more all-encompassing story about the real ...
Posted: Sept. 20, 2016 | Tags: interns
Illustration by Sydney Ling
I didn't always know I wanted to be an investigative reporter. In fact, it was not until years after being properly introduced to journalism at Morehouse College that I was even made aware of what investigative reporting really was through the Georgia News Lab created by David Armstrong.
That experience of serving as a student investigative reporter with the lab, followed by a summer with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an investigative intern, is what truly sparked my awareness.
A large part of this late introduction stemmed from me being naïve of the power and ...
Posted: Sept. 7, 2016 | Tags: police
Photo by Jeff Watts, American University
Patrick Madden at work at WAMU-FM, a partner with the Workshop on "Assault on Justice" about the potential over-use of the charge in Washington, D.C.
When reporter Patrick Madden heard about the case of Dwight Harris being charged with assaulting a police officer from his motorized wheelchair, he knew something was amiss. He wanted to know how and just how often how often this happens. To find out, Madden and WAMU teamed with the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Reveal to launch an unprecedented examination of nearly 2,000 assault cases in the District ...