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Trouble with Antibiotics airs Oct. 14

Posted: Oct. 3, 2014 | Tags: antibiotics

PBS FRONTLINE, in a co-production with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, will air a new one-hour program, "The Trouble with Antibiotics," Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. (check local listings).

Correspondent and reporter David E. Hoffman looks at the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and, in a follow-up to last fall's documentary, "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria," talks with the parents of a young man who died at the National Institutes of Health.

“Nearly four decades ago, scientists and government officials warned that widespread antibiotic use to raise food animals could put human health at risk. Today, we’re ...

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Bank Tracker updates

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014 | Tags: BankTracker

BankTracker has been updated with second-quarter data on banks and credit unions around the country. Our ongoing study is based on reports from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. You can search for information by the name of your bank or by state and city.

Our new data editor, David Donald, will be analyzing trends and writing stories occasionally based on this material, which we'll continue to update quarterly.

How we do this: Each quarter the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. requires every bank in the nation to submit detailed reports about its financial condition ...

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'Years' series will air again in September

Posted: Aug. 28, 2014 | Tags: Years

SAVE THE DATE: Showtime Networks will re-run the "Years of Living Dangerously" in September. All nine episodes of the Emmy Award-winning documentary series will be shown on the following days:

• Friday, Sept. 5, at  7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT

• Saturday, Sept. 6 at  7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT

• Sunday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT

The Workshop's senior producer, Margaret Ebrahim, produced two stories in the series, which aired in Episode 6 and focused on renewable ...

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'Years' series wins Emmy Award

Posted: Aug. 18, 2014 | Tags: Emmys

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Emmy Awards photo

Executive Producer David Gelber accepts the Emmy.

The "Years of Living Dangerously" documentary series on climate change won Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, traditionally held the weekend before the Primetime Emmys telecast, which will air Aug. 25 on NBC. The Creative Arts Emmys will air on Aug. 24 on FXM.

Margaret Ebrahim, senior producer at the Workshop, was a producer on the series, which aired on Showtime earlier this year. She spent 15 months traveling the country to report stories on the impact of climate change.

The series was also awarded ...

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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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Trouble with Antibiotics airs Oct. 14

"The Trouble with Antibiotics," a new PBS FRONTLINE program co-produced by the Workshop, will air Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Check out the trailer. 

Bank Tracker updates

BankTracker has been updated with second-quarter data on banks and credit unions around the country. Our ongoing study is based on reports from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. You can search for information by the name of your bank or by state and city.


'Years' series will air again in September

SAVE THE DATE: Showtime Networks will re-run the "Years of Living Dangerously" in September. All nine episodes of the documentary series, which recently won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series, will be shown on the following days:

• Friday, Sept. 5, at  7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT

• Saturday, Sept. 6 at  7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT

• Sunday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT



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