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Festival showcases power of documentary reporting

Posted: July 28, 2014 | Tags: documentary

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Photo by Brian Nevins/Sundance

Director Amir Bar-Lev offers conflicting perspectives on the Penn State sex-abuse scandal in the documentary "Happy Valley."

Unlike traditional written reporting, documentaries provide a literal window into someone’s life and experience. The audience is not only able to be visually engaged with the subject, but can also hear and experience that subject’s surroundings. This adds a new dimension to storytelling that often encourages a discussion between filmmakers and audience members about the subject in a way that is not often seen in other forms of reporting. 

The AFI Docs Film Festival last month ...

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New book launches

Posted: July 2, 2014 | Tags: 60 Minutes

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Matt Taylor photography

Chuck Lewis speaks about his new book, "935 Lies," at the National Press Club, where the Center for Public Integrity also celebrated its 25th year.

Executive Editor Charles Lewis celebrated the release of his new book, "935 Lies," at the National Press Club last week, an event hosted by the Center for Public Integrity, which Lewis founded 25 years ago.

"935 Lies" looks into public officials' statements that were later proved untrue. Over the past nine years, Lewis worked with a group of researchers to produce the work, a mix of  history and journalism, and which advocates ...

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Mentoring the next generation

Posted: June 30, 2014 | Tags: whistleblowers

Our partnership with The Washington Post continues this summer under an ever-expanding model, as we pair our Workshop interns with several different investigative teams at the Post. These students are overseen by the Workshop's John Sullivan, our senior editor who is also a reporter at the Post.

Kaley Belval, a Workshop intern from Ithaca College, has spent the last month working with Post reporter Scott Higham on a story following up on his earlier project about International Relief and Development (IRD), a nonprofit organization in Arlington County, Va., and its use of restrictive nondisclosure agreements. IRD collected more than ...

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Banktracker Updates

Posted: June 20, 2014 | Tags: banks

After more than five years, the Investigative Reporting Workshop has decided to make some changes in its Banktracker feature.

We still intend to provide quarterly banking and credit union data, based on reports from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. Today you'll find updated information from the first quarter of 2014 and can still search by bank and by credit union. Banktracker still is the only publicly available site that provides this data, and we believe it is an important public service.

However, given that the severity of the banking crisis has eased considerably ...

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CNN anchor reflects on censorship, challenges

Posted: June 8, 2014 | Tags: journalism, Newseum

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Photo by Kaley Belval, Investigative Reporting Workshop

Bernard Shaw urges people to seek out objective news sources, saying journalism depends on the "active participation" of readers and viewers.

Retired CNN anchor Bernard Shaw recalled his reporting on the Tiananmen Square massacre in an address at the Newseum on Saturday in Washington, focusing on challenges today to journalism and exhorting his audience to become engaged and informed citizens.

In May 1989, Shaw was among a handful of CNN journalists dispatched to Beijing to report on an upcoming summit between China’s leader, Deng Xiaoping, and Soviet chief Mikhail Gorbachev. But the ...

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NPR series on public defenders, Al Jazeera reports from the border

Posted: May 29, 2014 | Tags: immigration

Former Workshop intern Samantha Sunne writes today about the chronic under-funding of public defenders'offices around the country. This is the last in a series of stories by NPR reporters on court fees charged to defendants even when they can't pay. Sunne did her preliminary research while working for us one summer while she was an undergrad at the University of Missouri.

Catherine Rentz has been reporting in Texas for us for an upcoming immigration story. While there, she learned about a musicians' movement pushing for less border control in a remote area of West Texas. Several crossings were ...

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New episode to air on Showtime

Posted: May 16, 2014 | Tags: climate change

The Workshop's senior producer, Margaret Ebrahim, produced two stories for the "Years of Living Dangerously" series on climate change, and they air at 8 p.m. May 19 on Showtime. Here's a preview and more behind-the-scenes coverage.

Additional stories, science information and educational tools are available on the "Years" site and the Workshop's. 

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'Measuring impact' wins SPJ award

Posted: April 16, 2014 | Tags: journalism

The Investigative Reporting Workshop is thrilled and honored to report that our 2013 look into assessing the impact of journalism across nonprofit newsrooms, “Measuring Impact: The art, science and mystery of nonprofit news assessment,” has received a 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the "Research about Journalism"  category. 

Drawing from recent literature in the field in addition to informal conversations with journalism experts and seasoned practitioners, the report, made possible by funding from the McCormick Foundation, established several cornerstones upon which to build a common framework for assessing the impact of journalism — from ...

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'Years' project airs in April

Posted: April 14, 2014 | Tags: climate change

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"Years of Living Dangerously" Associate Producer Jolie Lee and audio engineer Steve Miller filmed desert scenes in Lancaster, Calif.

On April 13, Showtime began “Years of Living Dangerously,” a nine-part documentary on climate change created by executive producers James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub.  

It’s a series I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of as an associate producer. I spent nearly a year working with Margaret Ebrahim, a series producer and Investigative Reporting Workshop senior editor, to research, report and produce stories for the series. 

“Years of Living Dangerously” will explain the science of climate change and ...

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Sunshine Week events in Washington

Posted: March 19, 2014 | Tags: FOIA, Freedom of Information, journalism

With snow still lining the streets and sidewalks of the greater Washington area, many of the region's residents are probably hoping that Thursday's start of spring brings with it a little long-awaited sunshine. 

The Investigative Reporting Workshop isn't in the business of making climatological promises. But we can say that there's a little more light beaming down on D.C. than usual as part of Sunshine Week — a national intiative sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press designed to foster a dialogue about freedom of information ...

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Festival showcases power of documentary reporting

The selection of films at the 2014 AFI Docs Festival along with new documentary techniques allow for a greater exchange about little-known subjects between filmmakers and audiences. 

New book launches

Executive Editor Charles Lewis celebrated the release of his new book, "935 Lies," at the National Press Club last week, an event hosted by the Center for Public Integrity, which Lewis founded 25 years ago. It was the first of several programs and interviews related to "935 Lies."


Mentoring the next generation

Our partnership with The Washington Post continues this summer under an ever-expanding model, as we pair our Workshop interns with several different investigative teams at the Post.


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