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An inside look at Fatal Force series

Posted: July 15, 2016 | Tags: police, social justice, Workshop news

Washington Post analysis by William Wan and Kimberly Kindy:

The hail of gunfire from one shooter and its latest casualties — three killed, three injured on Sunday in Baton Rouge — ratcheted up fears among law enforcement nationwide and brought the number of officers shot and killed in the line of duty to 30 this year, nearly double the toll at this time last year.

Our recently published “Fatal Force: Two years after Ferguson, police shootings up,” a project with The Washington Post, is an extension of the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series illuminating officer-involved shootings in the United States during 2015 ...

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Betty Medsger winds up 'Burglary' tour

Posted: July 8, 2016 | Tags: journalism

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Photo by Christina Animashaun, IRW

Betty Medsger talked to college students and former antiwar activists across the country during her book tour, in which she chronicled the tale of the break-in of an FBI building in Philadelphia and promotion of the companion film “1971.”

In 1971, Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger published the first stories based on files stolen from the FBI by a group of activists calling themselves The Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI. Despite immense pressure from the Nixon administration, Medsger, with support from the Post’s Executive Editor Ben Bradlee and Publisher Katharine Graham, wrote of ...

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IRE's conference lives on through tipsheets

Posted: June 29, 2016 | Tags: journalism

Even if you were not able to attend the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference earlier this month in New Orleans, the speakers and panelists create invaluable tipsheets you can still access.

And the conference blog provides a wealth of summaries and links to sessions. Several posts were written by Workshop staff and recent AU graduates:

•  Tips for getting records highlights the session by VICE News reporter Jason Leopold, who has turned to extensive and aggressive FOIA work to get officials on the record. And in tips for covering police, Washington Post reporter Kimberly Kindy and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s ...

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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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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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An inside look at Fatal Force series

Our recently published “Fatal Force: Two years after Ferguson, police shootings up,” a project with The Washington Post, is an extension of the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series illuminating officer-involved shootings in the United States during 2015, as well as the first follow-up piece the Post published in 2016 that sought to find out how police departments handle releasing the names of officers who use fatal force.

Betty Medsger winds up 'Burglary' tour

Journalist Betty Medsger traveled the country to talk about her book, "The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI,” (Knopf, 2014), in which she relays the back-story of the eight people behind the burglary and how they managed to bring down one of the most powerful and secretive agencies in U.S. history. She found a new generation thinking of the ethical issues they may face as citizens and potential government employees.

IRE's conference lives on through tipsheets

Even if you were not able to attend the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference earlier this month in New Orleans, the speakers and panelists create invaluable tipsheets you can still access.


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