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Whatever you do, keep moving forward

Posted: June 21, 2016 | Tags: journalism

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Photo by Louise Lief, IRW

Wade Williams, left, and Nanythe Talani are returning to their home countries to use their new skills in multimedia and social media.

For the image on her new Twitter account, Congolese journalist Nanythe Talani features part of a quote by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  “If you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

As Michelle Obama and her daughters head out next week to Africa to urge more support for girls’ education, it’s a good moment ...

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Seeking to escape metrics' tyranny, an editor asks, 'Why?'

Posted: June 16, 2016 | Tags: metrics, Workshop news

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Photo by by Akash Ghai, Newsroom14.Journalists.org

NPR’s Brian Boyer celebrates winning an award for “Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt.”

They are extremely addictive. Repeat users describe an adrenaline rush, followed by rapid mood swings that fluctuate between exhilaration, and anxiety, self-doubt and despair. They also report high stress levels.

In our brave new big data world, web metrics, the statistics that measure page views, unique visitors, bounce rates, engagement time, tweets, Facebook “Likes,” and a host of other things, have become proxies for an organization’s effectiveness.

But after reading several critiques of current analytics tools, including ...

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SPJ honors Lewis with Distinguished Service Award

Posted: June 15, 2016 | Tags: Charles Lewis

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Photo by Cassie Lewis

Lewis receives the SPJ Distinguished Service Award.To his left: journalist Jonetta Rose Barras, a Hall of Fame inductee, and broadcaster and master of ceremonies Jim Bohannon.

The Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored Charles Lewis with the 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award, presented Tuesday night at the National Press Club in Washington.

Former Washington Post Executive Editor Len Downie wrote Lewis' introduction, which was read by Stephen Taylor, a freelance reporter and producer for Fox News Radio and a former correspondent for ABC News, because Downie was unable to attend ...

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Survey shows extent of reporting worldwide

Posted: June 14, 2016 | Tags: journalism

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A new package of stories, maps and graphics showcases our survey of reporting organizations overseas. In addition, Executive Editor Charles Lewis reflects on his years of traveling and advising startups in other countries. 

You'll also find the results of our survey, in which we looked at more than 100 journalism organizations in other countries, focusing on those 27 doing primarily investigative reporting. The story's authors, Pietro Lombardi and Daniel Farber Ball, used an online survey, phone and Skype interviews to connect with journalists who risk their lives and the safety of their families to pursue stories that enlighten ...

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Madden wins Schorr prize

Posted: May 23, 2016 | Tags: police

Patrick Madden of NPR member station WAMU 88.5 is the winner of the annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, named for the respected NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist who died in 2010.  

The $5,000 Schorr award, sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner, recognizes a new generation of public radio journalists under the age of 35 seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

Madden was cited for “Assault on Justice,” a collaboration with WAMU, the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Reveal News. The radio documentary and written ...

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MacArthur Foundation awards Workshop

Posted: May 18, 2016 | Tags: journalism

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The Investigative Reporting Workshop will receive $1.5 million in general operating support over the next five years from the MacArthur Foundation, which today announced its renewed and expanded commitment to journalism and media.

The Workshop is one of 12 news organizations across the country to receive these unrestricted grants. 

As part of its commitment to accountability and explanatory reporting, the foundation announced nearly $25 million in unrestricted, five-year, general operating grants to support professional nonprofit reporting; nonfiction, multimedia storytelling; and civic media "that enables new ways for people to express and organize themselves for social change," the foundation said ...

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Superstorm Sandy victims still struggling

Posted: May 9, 2016 | Tags: disaster relief

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Photo by Andrew Kreighbaum

From left: Daniel Farber Ball, Ashley Campbell, Taylor Harris and Anthony Brunner worked as researchers and production assistants on the new program.

A new PBS/NPR investigation, "Business of Disaster," examines why thousands of residents of New Jersey and New York are still struggling three years after Superstorm Sandy devastated their communities.

NPR reporter Laura Sullivan teamed up with the PBS FRONTLINE production team — writer-producer Rick Young and associate producers Emma Schwartz and Fritz Kramer — based here at the Workshop and the School of Communication to take a deep dive into the nation’s disaster recovery ...

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What we're reading: Homicide coverage

Posted: May 3, 2016 | Tags: journalism, Logan Symposium

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Illustration by Sydney Ling

 

I finished reading "Ghettoside" by Jill Leovy, a reporter at The Los Angeles Times who embedded for more than a year with the Los Angeles Police Department in South Los Angeles, a world unto its own. 

I knew of the book — a New York Times bestseller, named one of the 10 best books of the year by USA TODAY, the San Francisco Chronicle and Chicago Tribune — and had read several reviews.

But hearing Leovy speak about how to cover police — as part of a panel during the Logan Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley — intrigued ...

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The power of images can make stories more memorable

Posted: April 30, 2016 | Tags: journalism

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Cover of Metropoli

This magazine cover, designed to showcase the movie "Spotlight," was one of many creative covers from Metropoli in Spain.

Spotlight” took center-stage in the journalism world after its release last year, and its Oscars for Best Picture and Best Writing and Original Screenplay guarantee that this movie will be viewed for years to come, at least by those of us in the profession.

What has been gratifying to me as well is to see college students appreciate the story behind the film, in which The Boston Globe's investigative team, Spotlight, used persistence and patience, documents and ...

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Students moving on — and up

Posted: April 30, 2016 | Tags: journalism

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Photo by Shih-Wei Chou

Graduate student Karol Ilagan joins her colleagues from the University of Missouri at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday. 

More than 100 students and former students have been a part of the Investigative Reporting Workshop since 2009, from our first post-graduate fellows, including Kat Aaron, now at WNYC, to our current mix of grads and undergrads who are interns, researchers, reporters, videographers, photographers and graphic designers. Each academic year and summer we recruit, hire and train new teams. Most of the students are from American University's School of Communication programs, but we've also hired ...

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Whatever you do, keep moving forward

As Michelle Obama prepares to visit Africa to promote girls' education, two African women contemplate their future as investigative journalists and as educators who can improve college courses and create internships. 

Seeking to escape metrics' tyranny, an editor asks, 'Why?'

In our brave new big data world, web metrics, the statistics that measure page views, unique visitors, bounce rates, engagement time, tweets, Facebook “Likes,” and a host of other things, have become proxies for an organization’s effectiveness.

SPJ honors Lewis with Distinguished Service Award

The Society of Professional Journalists (Washington, D.C., chapter) honored Executive Editor Charles Lewis with the 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award, presented Tuesday night at the National Press Club in Washington.


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