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Posted: May 26, 2015 | Tags: nonprofit organization

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Anya Schiffrin edited a new book about investigative journalism around the world

In the last five years, the public was deprived of as many as a thousand important stories ranging from “an investor’s plan to bundle and sell minority-owned broadcaster companies on the public spectrum” to “blatant corruption” in Florida. Investigative freelancers abandoned these stories because of resource constraints, advocacy group Project Word said in a report.

The survey, published in February 2015, said declining pay, costly health insurance and contracts that neither allowed them to resell their works nor offered protection against libel ...

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BuzzFeed partners with Workshop

Posted: May 13, 2015 | Tags: journalism

FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop analyzed three federal databases for “The Trouble with Chicken," the third in a series of programs and stories about antibiotic resistance.

BuzzFeed News also partnered with us in the research for this latest program. BuzzFeed obtained data from the Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by its reporter Chris Hamby.

BuzzFeed News agreed to share the data with producer Rick Young and reporter Emma Schwartz and the Workshop's data editor, David Donald. BuzzFeed also wrote about the program, which aired ...

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DC: Overuse of assault charge

Posted: May 9, 2015 | Tags: police

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, WAMU 88.5 News and Reveal collaborated on "Assault on Justice," a five-month project investigating the use and possible overuse of the charge of "assaulting a police officer" in the District of Columbia.

The Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at American University, and WAMU 88.5, the local NPR affiliate owned by American University, previously co-produced "Dollars & Deals," which looked at how DC City Council members, who vote on city contracts worth more than $1 million, are raking in campaign contributions from many of those same firms.

This is the first collaboration among all three ...

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How do we protect freelancers?

Posted: April 22, 2015 | Tags: journalism

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Photo by Manu Brabo

James Foley working in Syria in 2012

In light of the increasing brutality against journalists overseas, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Committee to Protect Journalists will present “Freelancers at Risk: Photojournalism and the Call for Global Safety Standards" Thursday, April 23, at the National Press Club. Panelists from news organizations in London, New York, Boston and Washington will discuss baseline standards for hiring and protecting freelance journalists working in war zones. The event is open to the public, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the sessions ...

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Blind cords kill hundreds of children, report says

Posted: April 20, 2015 | Tags: Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, Fair Warning, WCMA, Window Covering Manufacturers Association

Three-year-old Voxie had a fascination with necklaces. Chesshuwa Beckett, Voxie’s mother, thinks that this fascination attracted her daughter to the blind cord one day in August 2012, after she and her husband, Erik, had put the toddler and her 2-year-old brother down for an afternoon nap. When the Becketts, both high school teachers in Sacramento, California, stopped by the bedroom to check on the children, they found Voxie’s lifeless body: The cord had strangled her. Fourteen months later, 2-year-old Colton Shero died in his suburban Chattanooga, Tennessee, home. A blind cord killed him, two days before his second ...

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What we're reading

Posted: April 14, 2015 | Tags: journalism

Illustration by Sydney Ling

As students of investigative journalism, we don’t want to make our living pumping out a steady stream of regurgitated click bait, but some would consider us lucky to be paid at all after graduation. Reading Philip Meyers’ “Public Journalism and The Problem of Objectivity” validates our endeavors. And Reading the work of the “new journalism ecosystem,” about the growth of nonprofit news organizations throughout the country, gives me hope.

The need is certainly there, and so are the channels, yet there’s still a lot we’re tasked with to make success of those channels ...

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Food safety: 'The Trouble with Chicken' airs in May

Posted: April 13, 2015 | Tags: antibiotics, FDA, Frontline, health, health newss

FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our poultry — and why the food-safety system isn't stopping the threat. Preview our co-production, which airs May 12 nationwide (check local listings).  

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Small steps, real impact

Posted: March 22, 2015 | Tags: Impact, journalism, Shattered dreams

By Christina Animashaun and Mel Jones

As reporters, we’re always wondering, and hoping, that our stories have impact. Maybe a law will be enacted or improved, a high mark that everyone can see and cheer.  Sometimes impact is expressed in smaller ways — a neighborhood joins together to sort out what went wrong; someone shows concern by using his or her position to make changes; an official announces an investigation or a policy change.

We looked at three investigations in which we contributed research and reporting to Washington Post teams and found three different outcomes. And very real impact.

Here ...

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Students help Post analyze decline of black wealth

Posted: Jan. 26, 2015 | Tags: journalism

Thanks to Workshop grad researchers Danielle DeCourcey, Pietro Lombardi, Mariam Baksh, Mel Jones; to AU grad students Miranda Strong and Moriah Balingit; and to Northwestern student and Workshop intern Cathaleen Chen. All contributed their time and talent to research and analyze the ongoing housing crisis in Prince George's County, Md. Their story is featured in today's Washington Post and co-published by the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

The three-part series focuses on the nation's highest-income majority black county, and the unequal recovery its thousands of residents have experienced since the housing crisis of 2008.

For the past year, these ...

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Donald receives 2014 Philip Meyer Award

Posted: Jan. 14, 2015 | Tags: journalism

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Photo by Christina Animashaun, IRW

David Donald teaches data journalism at AU.

David Donald, now data editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and a team at the Center for Public Integrity today received the first-place 2014 Philip Meyer Journalism Award from the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.

The Center won for "The Medicare Advantage Money Grab," by Fred Schulte, David Donald, Erin Durkin and Chris Zubak-Skees. The project revealed nearly $70 billion in “improper” Medicare payments to health plans from 2008 through 2013. The investigation exposed how federal officials missed multiple opportunities to corral overcharges and other billing errors.  

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Declining pay, costly health insurance and contracts that neither allowed them to resell their works nor offered protection against libel suits were the major factors limiting freelancers' ability to pursue in-depth stories.


BuzzFeed partners with Workshop

FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop analyzed three federal databases for “The Trouble with Chicken," the third in a series of programs and stories about antibiotic resistance. This was also the first time we partnered with BuzzFeed.

DC: Overuse of assault charge

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, WAMU 88.5 News and Reveal collaborated on "Assault on Justice," a five-month project investigating the use and possible overuse of the charge of "assaulting a police officer" in the District of Columbia.


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